Edinburgh's Thriving Greenspaces 2050

Closed 31 Dec 2022

Opened 4 Oct 2022

Results updated 27 Jan 2023


The consultation received 128 responses. 71% of respondents were in favour of the general direction of the vision and strategy and offered very supportive and constructive suggestions and comments.

Other points 

  • A substantial body of opinion was looking for more information about practical delivery of the strategy than in the draft.
  • A substantial body of opinion wanted a deeper consultation and more involvement in the decision-making about parks and green spaces.
  • There was a significant amount of scepticism about the Council’s ability to resource and implement the vision and strategy.
  • Two related strands of commentary were that the Council is currently ignoring its own failures in greenspace and that it is consistently ignoring opinion from consultation exercises.
  • Many people wanted an opportunity to influence action and implementation planning.

What we will do next

The project team will seek to address all these points. We have been drafting an implementation plan and financial plan, and we will prepare further consultation and engagement around these elements.

We have also made changes to the draft Vision and Strategy document in response to consultation feedback, for the Council's Culture and Communities Committee to review when it considers the way forward in spring 2023.



The City of Edinburgh Council is consulting on the draft Edinburgh’s Thriving Greenspaces 2050: A Vision and Strategy for the City of Edinburgh Council’s public greenspaces This document sets a 2050 Vision for the city’s greenspaces with four strategic themes that will guide the management of the Council’s greenspaces and will be used to set priorities over the next 30 years.

A plain text version of selected highlights from the draft strategy is available on our microsite web page.

Why your views matter

We've previously ran surveys and workshops to find out what your vision was for Edinburgh’s greenspaces, and your views helped to shape the vision and key strategic themes included in the draft document. 

The development of the strategy has also been informed by research and exploration of different ways of doing things. It has been strongly influenced by local, national and international goals and priorities.

We now welcome your views on the draft Edinburgh’s Thriving Greenspace 2050 Vision and Strategy document. Your feedback will help inform and finalise the vision, strategic aims and outcomes.

You can also get the questionnaire on audio CD, in Braille, or large print. Please contact Interpretation and Translation Service (ITS) on its@edinburgh.gov.uk and quote 22-7659. ITS can also give information on community language translations.


  • All Edinburgh


  • Anyone from any background


  • Parks and green spaces