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Greener, healthier cities are within our reach

The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s new publication Living Cities: towards ecological urbanism outlines the principles of ecological urbanism. It proposes 20 practical recommendations for embedding nature in the urban environment, which will be explored in detail over the next year. In this introductory blog, the Trust’s Chief Executive Jonny Hughes explains the challenge, and demonstrates why

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Biggest new park in a generation opens today

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) have enlisted the help of local school children to help officially open the new active travel route through Little France Park. The local children came from the nearby Castleview primary school who have been involved with a bikability scheme and a junior ranger programme to help develop the park. The

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Square Meters for Butterflies on the One Show

The fantastic Square Metres for Butterflies project was featured on The One Show last night – see how the Edinburgh Living Landscape is helping to bring the northern brown argus back into the city. Fast forward to 25 minutes when the story starts. Watch Now!   

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Instagram photo competition now open!

A new Instagram competition is challenging people to capture the capital’s natural environment, whether it’s a hidden city centre park or the rolling hills of the Pentlands. Budding and experienced photographers are being encouraged to snap their interactions with Edinburgh’s ‘Living Landscapes’ for their chance to win. The term covers the city’s ‘network for nature’ and encompasses

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Butterfly Conservation Scotland joins Edinburgh Living Landscape

Butterfly Conservation Scotland (BCS) has joined Edinburgh Living Landscape as an official partner and is now leading the Square Metres for Butterflies project. BCS has been an invaluable unofficial partner for some time. In particular it has been instrumental, along with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, in initiating the Square Metre for Butterflies project and supporting

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Standard Life Aberdeen creates a square metre for pollinators – by Jackie Swartz-Byrne

Standard Life Aberdeen has become part of the Square Metre for Butterflies project by creating new habitat for pollinators on the roof of their data centre in Edinburgh. This guest blog by Jackie Swartz-Byrne explains their involvement.  Other than those aeronautical curiosities, Bumblebees, I hardly ever see bees, even in the countryside, which is a bit

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Cartoon capers in the Capital

A quirky two minute animation to inspire greater participation in Edinburgh’s natural environment has been produced by Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. Instigated by Edinburgh Living Landscape, the fun and colourful animation showing how life in Scotland’s capital could be enhanced by greater access to nature is the latest in a series of projects aimed at

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A city that turned its back on the sea   

The Edinburgh Shoreline project, part of Edinburgh Living Landscape, is a community based initiative to raise awareness of the rich history and biodiversity of the city’s coast and consider the environmental and economic pressures on it.   It involves artists, specialists and people living and working here creating responses to these pressures including demonstrating how the

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Plant preschool – Granton Hub wildflower nursery

Granton Hub wildflower nursery is a fantastic addition to the community. It’s a great place to meet other gardeners, buy plants, or even just a different place to relax and catch up with friends. If you haven’t visited it yet, I encourage you to go out and see it for yourself. Here’s a little information

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The magic of autumn

Summer has ended and we’re well into autumn now. It’s easy for us to feel downhearted and get caught up in reminiscing about holiday fun and all of the bountiful harvests. Personally, I feel slightly nostalgic about the disappearing flowers and insects, especially the butterflies and ladybugs. However, there’s actually some really nice things that