Nature Restoration Projects

Nature Restoration Projects

Restoration urban grasslands to improve local biodiversity and help tackle the impacts of climate change

Restoration urban grasslands to improve local biodiversity and help tackle the impacts of climate change

Funded by: NatureScot, City of Edinburgh Council

Outputs:

  • Grassland – Species richness targeting has been located on parts of the site that are likely to have lower fertility and more free-draining soils. Diversifying the current mostly rank grassland will complement the meadows across the area and add to the network that links. The aim would be to establish a higher species-richness using the Urban Pollinator seed mix developed by Scotia Seeds in a total area of 6.9ha of grassland.
  • Hedging – Enhancing the species and structural diversity of remnant hedges through planting and introducing a low maintenance regime. The objective is to create a well-structured hedge with a total length of 298 metres with a variety of habitat niches for a wide range of invertebrate species and food sources, and shelter for birds and small mammals.
  • Individual Specimen Tree Planting – Planting of 10 standard trees within grassland settings.
  • Wetland – The creation of a new burn section 280m long and a wetland approximately 60m by 50m. The banks are planted with iris and meadowsweet, and brooklime, marsh marigold and water forget-me-not will grow in the burn. The spoil is used to create low banks which are great for growing tansy and mugwort.

Outcomes:

  • Improve the biodiversity of urban grasslands
  • Provide habitats for wildlife
  • Improve the appearance of urban greenspaces
  • Provide communities with the opportunity to help tackle the nature and climate emergency