About us

The Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our communities by re-connecting people with their local green spaces.

We believe that quality local greenspaces have a positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals.  Our inspiring, ground-breaking and imaginative programme of environmental and community projects enables us to work for the benefit of people, wildlife, landscape and heritage.

By offering a comprehensive portfolio of professional environmental project development, management and fundraising services, we work hard to help ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to enjoy their natural environment.

A trusted, safe pair of hands

ELGT is an independent charity and social enterprise.

Over the years we have developed a strong and robust foundation of vital relationships with communities, landowners, local authorities and other organisations.

In turn, our reputation and expertise in getting on with the job, gives us an unrivalled reputation as a responsive, accountable and effective ‘safe pair of hands’ for delivering sustainable, well-managed and accessible greenspace projects.

We are part of the Edinburgh Living Landscape initiative and help deliver the Central Scotland Green Network

ELGT’s Origins and History

Originally the Edinburgh Green Belt Trust, the organisation was established in 1991 to provide stewardship of the green belt landscape and enhance it through practical environmental projects.

In 2006, the Trust changed its name to become the Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT). While the Trust continues to care for the landscape and heritage of the green belt countryside, we also work to create and improve other urban greenspaces such as woodlands, community gardens, parks, play areas, school grounds and cycle paths.

Read more about the history of Edinburgh’s Greenbelt>>>