Edinburgh wins first Fields in Trust award for dedicating sites to public recreation in perpetuity

Edinburgh was been singled out for protecting the greatest number of parks and green spaces in the UK at an inaugural award ceremony last week.

The City of Edinburgh Council was named landowner of the year at the first Fields in Trust Awards ceremony to celebrate the charity’s Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge.

The honour was for dedicating more sites to public recreation in perpetuity than any other UK landowner, a total of 25 sites across the city.

The prize included £10,000 to spend on improving Edinburgh parks.

Councillor Jim Orr said: "We have no shortage of beautiful outdoor spaces and this recognises the important role they play in boosting the wellbeing of communities.

"Fields in Trust has recognised our efforts in dedicating many of our green spaces as part of the Queen’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

"This will have a lasting legacy for Edinburgh and reaffirms this city’s commitment to protecting our parks and green spaces for future generations."

Sites included Easter Drylaw Park, Ravelston Park, Starbank Park, Victoria Park and Figgate Park, Lochend Park, Rosefield Park, Portobello Golf Course, Braidburn Valley Park  and Pilrig Park.

Fields in Trust works to safeguard and improve outdoor recreational spaces and the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge aims to protect sites as a legacy from jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.


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