Edinburgh Tops List Of UK Cities For Green Spaces

Submitted by edg on Thu, 5 Jan '17 5.47pm

If you live here, you probably already knew it: Edinburgh is the greenest city among the UK's ten most populated cities.

A new study of satellite images has reached the same conclusion. When comparing Landsat 8 satellite images from spring 2016, mapping firm ESRI found that over 49% of the Edinburgh area is parks and green spaces.

By comparison, only 16.4% of the area of tenth place Liverpool was considered green space.

Manchester green space is a tad larger at 20.4%, while Greater London at 23% came fifth.

Scotland's largest city, Glasgow, came second with 32% .

As Edinburgh has grown over the centuries, the Scottish capital has retained a wealth of city parks, among them the majestic Holyrood Park, the much-used The Meadows, Calton Hill, Corstorphine Hill (featured in video below), and further afield The Pentlands.

The city's Botanic Gardens, one of Edinburgh's top free visitor attractions, is another swathe of green that comes to mind.

Edinburgh's green-ness comes not just from its large parks, although it is rich in that respect. The neo-classical model that guided the urban planners of the 18th Century Edinburgh New Town, stressed the importance of balancing the natural with the urban. This has given Edinburgh its many distinctive green squares (Charlotte Square and St Andrew Square, for example) and private gardens, such as those along Heriot Row and Royal Terrace.