The natural environment includes all plants and animals, green spaces, rivers and the sea, beaches, productive farmland, and the air we breathe. The scale of the natural environment varies in Edinburgh – from planters, window boxes and allotment, to large city parks and rural woodland.

Edinburgh often tops polls for the best City to live in the UK and much of this is down to appeal of its green spaces, parks, conservation areas and woodlands. Edinburgh’s natural and historic environment contributes to its distinctive character, appeal and world-wide reputation.

Edinburgh’s open spaces and landscape features contribute to the structure and identity of the City. The natural environment has a strong impact on health, wellbeing and community. Minimising the adverse impacts of urban growth and incorporating nature in to the built environment is needed to ensure Edinburgh is still a City that people want to live in.


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  • What is great about the natural environment in Edinburgh?
  • How can the natural environment be maintained or improved if Edinburgh is to grow?
  • What should the natural environment in Edinburgh be like in 2050?

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