Trees to Bring Life to Park

West Pilton Park Tree Planting

Tue 21 November 2017

Edinburgh & Lothians Greenspace Trust (ELGT) have enlisted the help of the local community to make green improvements to West Pilton Park. 27 new trees will be planted throughout the park as part of the improvement plans on Tuesday 14th November from 1.30-2.30pm.

Over the summer of 2015 a consultation exercise was carried out about the future of West Pilton Park by Pilton Community Health Project with the local community. 152 people were consulted at 6 events on and around the park. The main feedback was they wanted the park to be a safe and welcoming place with features which included new trees.

Thanks to funding from Postcode Local Trust we have been able to improve the appearance of the park and provide an opportunity to deliver community activities following the local input.  The project makes a very visible improvement to the park as an open space by creating some interesting features in the park. It improves the biodiversity of the park through conservation activities that enable the community to take pride in the park. Planting new feature trees along park boundary and along principal paths changes the nature and feel of the park from one of being open and desolate to one that will have a positive impact on the local streetscape. The spacing and tree species selection involved the local community and ensured that they do not obscure views and create hidden areas. It adds to the park landscape and breaks up the large open ground and delineates the park edges. 

Transport and Environment Vice Convener, Councillor Karen Doran, said: “It’s great to see the improvements to West Pilton Park, creating a greener, more attractive surrounding and in turn promoting biodiversity. It is with thanks to the local community and funding from Postcode Local Trust that this has been made possible, creating a more welcoming atmosphere for everyone.”

Charlie Cumming, Edinburgh & Lothian’s Greenspace Trust, Chief Executive, said: “We would like to thank Postcode Local Trust as well as the players of People's Postcode Lottery to enable us to make this improvement. We are delighted that we have been able to help deliver improvements to the park following the input from the local community including the Parklife group and PCHP.

Sara Martin, West Pilton Parklife Friends Group said “We are thrilled that we are seeing improvements to the park following the support from the partners. We look forward to seeing the trees grow and provide a welcome feature to the park. 

Lianne Pipskyj, Community Development Worker at Pilton Community Health Project said, “As well as improving its physical appearance, the new trees have potential to greatly improve overall perceptions of the park. This is a hugely significant milestone towards achieving the vision of the community and transforming West Pilton Park into a thriving and welcoming space for all.

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