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Edinburgh Shoreline was an exciting, community centred initiative celebrating the city’s 27km coastline.

We rediscovered its fascinating and often unknown history and the rich plant and animal life that survives against the odds in unexpected places, and inspired people to explore their coast and take responsibility for its future health.

"Dragon's Teeth" at Cramond © Scottish Natural Heritage
“Dragon’s Teeth” at Cramond © Scottish Natural Heritage

The project involved people living and working in the shoreline communities from South Queensferry to Joppa. With support from artists and experts, they created their own responses to their local coastline and shared their knowledge and resources with other shoreline communities to build a sense of ownership into the long term future.

An early highlight was the major exhibition in the John Hope Gateway at Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden held during the 2018 Edinburgh Festival, from 23 June to 23 September. Visitors came from far and wide to hear about little-known facts, inspiring ideas and see the contributions from local communities.

Cramond shoreline © Scottish Natural Heritage
Cramond shoreline © Scottish Natural Heritage

The Edinburgh Shoreline project was kindly funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Green Infrastructure Community Engagement Fund. It was part of the wider Edinburgh Living Landscape initiative delivered by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

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