Transforming Edinburgh for the future

Wildflowers against a backdrop of Scottish hillsForest Research ecologists and social scientists are taking part in an ambitious new project to transform Edinburgh’s urban environment and ensure its future biodiversity.

The Edinburgh Living Landscape (ELL) initiative aims to take an ecosystem approach to land management to create attractive, nature-rich areas that are well connected and accessible to the public.

The partnership project was launched at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh in early November, with support from the then Scottish Minister for Local Government and Planning Derek Mackay MSP, who outlined the importance of urban green spaces in his keynote speech.

Forest Research will contribute skills and expertise in ecosystem service assessment, spatial planning, stakeholder engagement and participatory mapping. Our scientists will develop new methodologies to identify and prioritise green infrastructure provision. This will provide evidence to support the development of multi-functional greenspaces for the benefit of people and wildlife.

Forest Research’s involvement comes as part of a wider EU seventh framework research project called GREEN SURGE, which is one of the ELL partners. Other project partners are the City of Edinburgh Council, Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.