Edinburgh Living Landscape

Nature in your neighbourhood

The Edinburgh Living Landscape is a partnership project that creates, restores and connects green areas of the city to make attractive and biodiverse landscapes. Landscapes will be healthy, nature rich and resilient to climate change.

How a Living Landscape looks

Edinburgh Living Landscape means changes to how some of our outdoor spaces will look. The project involves measures such as

  • creating annual and perennial meadows 
  • reducing how often some areas of grass are cut and allowing natural grassland to thrive
  • mowing pathways through areas of longer grass so they can still be explored and enjoyed
  • planting trees and creating woodlands
  • increasing our use of herbaceous perennial planting
  • planting bulbs.

View additional examples on Edinburgh Collected

Benefits of Living Landscapes

Allowing grassland habitats to develop in a more natural manner in urban settings by reducing grass cutting or sowing flowering plants offers

  • increased biodiversity as birds, mammals and insects are attracted to wilder or more natural areas
  • reduced costs of maintained areas of grassland
  • added colour to the cityscape as we plant flowering species
  • a reduction in CO2 release due to less cutting, which also helps lock-up carbon in soils.

Map of Living Landscape features

View a map of Living Landscape features across the city from 2019. If you have suggestions for additional sites, please contact us.   


  • The City of Edinburgh Council
  • Scottish Wildlife Trust
  • Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Butterfly Conservation Scotland
  • RSPB
  • NatureScot

View the latest news, project updates and information about our key partners.

The Living Landscape programme so far

Get a detailed review of the programme over the last three years and our plans for the coming season in the evaluation report below. 

Download Edinburgh Living Landscapes resources - PDFs

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Edinburgh Living Landscapes

If you have a suggestion for a new Living Landscape site or have any comments regarding existing sites please email us