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For the Council’s parks and greenspace estate, Edinburgh Living Landscape will mean changes to how some of our outdoor spaces will look. These changes include:

  • reducing how often some areas of grass are cut,
  • creation of meadow areas,
  • mowing walkways through meadows,
  • tree planting and
  • planting herbaceous perennials in place of annual bedding plants.

You can view some examples of what a Living Landscape could look like on

Not everywhere will change but sites that may be considered are areas such as grass bankings, under groups of trees, small areas where it is difficult to operate machinery and larger, seldom used areas of grass.

Some of this work has been taking place already with the council’s green estate being mapped over the last two years, 26 meadow sites sown in 2014 and sites at Gypsy Brae and Curriemuirend trialling a relaxed-cut approach. These will continue into 2015 and will provide colour and interest in each neighbourhood throughout the summer. The Parks and Greenspace service has been working with the South West Neighbourhood Team to identify suitable areas that may benefit from adopting a Living landscape approach.

We would like to hear your feedback on the proposals locally. Please get in touch if this is something you would like to be involved in, or if you would like to find out more about Edinburgh Living Landscape.