Water of Leith Management Plan 2020-2030

Closed 26 Mar 2020

Opened 13 Mar 2020


The Water of Leith, Edinburgh’s river, is a beautiful, dynamic and much loved part of our city. With hundreds of stakeholders, landowners and user groups, a management plan is needed to provide direction over the future management of the river, especially in the context of a changing climate and increasing pressure on the resource from development and by user groups.

The setting of objectives and priorities will give clarity to the programming of works along the river and a unified and agreed plan will mean greater support for all stakeholders. Defining roles and responsibilities and reporting on performance against objectives will continue to deliver a cohesive approach to the river’s management.

The Water of Leith Management Plan has been designed to last for 10 years from 2020 to 2030 and covers all the major uses and issues related to the river. Seven topic areas have been identified and each topic contains an aim, a list of objectives and a series of SMART actions, with partners involved listed against each action.

The plan has been prepared for The Water of Leith Action Group, with funding from most partners in the group, and produced by Helen Brown, Trust Manager at the Water of Leith Conservation Trust.

Paper copies of the plan are also available for viewing at:

The Hermitage House, PHRP Headquarters The Water of Leith Visitor Centre
69a Braid Road 24 Lanark Road
Edinburgh Edinburgh
EH10 6JF EH14 1TQ
Open Monday - Friday, 09:00-16:00 Open Monday - Sunday, 10:00-16:00

Why your views matter

The Water of Leith Action Group would like to hear you views on the proposed Action Plans and would welcome comments on all aspects of the plan. Your feedback with shape the final document which will be approved by the Water of Leith Action Group at the end of March.


  • All Edinburgh


  • Anyone from any background


  • Parks and green spaces