Open Space strategy

Open Space 2021

Green spaces that are well cared for and well connected matter for our health, wildlife and economy.

Open Space 2021 is Edinburgh’s Strategy to protect, look after and expand the city's network of green spaces for the next five years.

New parks and green spaces are to be created as the city grows. These places will help people

  • get to know each other
  • grow food
  • play
  • keep fit
  • see nature
  • get around by foot and by bike.

Existing parks will also be improved and made wildlife friendly, helping the city to be ready for changes to our climate. Under used spaces could be turned into community gardens and allotments by local groups, with cemeteries and burial grounds to be enhanced.

Open Space 2021 was approved by planning committee in December 2016. It is based on the Open Space audit 2016.

Download Open Space strategy locality action plans - PDFs

The Edinburgh Design guidance also explains how green space can help shape great places.

Download Open Space strategy and audit - PDFs