What is Edinburgh Living Landscape?

A Living Landscape is an area with thriving wildlife and a resilient environment for the benefit of everyone. Edinburgh Living Landscape is a partnership with a long-term vision to ensure that nature is at the heart of the city’s future.

We will demonstrate that investment in the natural environment makes economic sense as well as increasing biodiversity and creating healthier urban ecosystems. To do this we need to integrate nature into neighbourhoods across the city.

Our programme of work is reinforcing and expanding existing green networks and reconnecting the people of Edinburgh to their natural environment. Edinburgh Living Landscape will work to benefit local people and wildlife with an aim to make the city one of the most sustainable in Europe by 2050.

What does the programme involve?

Edinburgh Living Landscape is a group of organisations working in partnership to connect green infrastructure at multiple scales, from window boxes, green roofs and street trees through to large parks and urban woodlands. It is about making the links between a healthy environment, a healthy economy, people’s well-being and ultimately the prosperity of Edinburgh.

What does it look like?

The Living Landscape will lead to changes across the city, from bringing wildlife into people’s gardens to integrating green infrastructure into Edinburgh’s biggest networks. In densely populated urban areas the project will work with communities and developers to turn the grey into green. In the outdoor areas of the city, the partnership will make sure these areas are sustainable and resilient. For some of our outdoor spaces, this will mean changes to how they look, with the creation of meadows and more natural areas that can be explored and enjoyed. For new developments, nature will be seen as an asset and natural features will be built into the planning.

Who are the partners?

Edinburgh Living Landscapes is a partnership led by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, The City of Edinburgh Council, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust, The University of Edinburgh, NatureScot, Butterfly Conservation Scotland, TCV and RSPB Scotland. We are working to improve the ecosystem health of Edinburgh for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

What impacts have we achieved in the first 3 years?

A huge number of people, organisations, and businesses have been supported to improve the ecosystem health of Edinburgh for its residents, economy, and wildlife. Highlight impacts have been through the 5 flagship projects – Nature in Your Neighbourhood, Square Metre for Butterflies, Pollinator Pledge, Grey to Green Shoreline and Tree Time. Much more has been done behind the scenes to work with policy makers to improve the green infrastructure in our built-up areas, and researchers are gathering evidence of the benefits. The graphic below presents the outputs, and more detail can be found in the report here.

Impact Report outputs © Edinburgh Living Landscape

Edinburgh Living Landscape programme

Published in 2014 the programme sets out the partnership’s vision for how to deliver a Living Landscape at the city scale. It brings together the views and aspirations of the partners and sets out indicators to measure success.

We are delivering projects across the city. See some of our current work.