By Edwin Mashonganyika
The Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust have carried out nearly £500, 000 worth of practical environmental projects involving over 2, 500 people, aimed at a positive impact on the health and well-being of communities, particularly in disadvantaged areas in the region.
The Chief Executive of the organisation, Chris Lewis, said the work of the Edinburgh and Lothians Greenspace Trust had included a wide range of environmental activities and events for schools, community groups and businesses, “giving the opportunity to take a hands-on approach to caring for and learning about their local greenspace.”
“Quality greenspace is now widely understood to have a highly positive impact on the health and well-being of communities, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Our work is in direct response to this and, over the past year, we have carried our over £460, 000 worth of practical environmental projects with Lothian communities, helping to provide open spaces for happier, healthier living.
“We have worked to improve urban biodiversity through tree, bulb and hedge planting and looking after urban woodlands…our activities include project development and community consultation, community engagement, fundraising, project implementation and management,” Lewis said.
Lewis said greenspace was a critical yet cost-effective factor that promoted the well-being of individuals and communities.
He called for a continued support for his organisation by providing donations towards programmes of environmental projects by getting involved in greespace projects or “simply by giving your comments and feedback on our work and will help us to make Edinburgh and the Lothians a more vibrant and gree place in the future”.