A 12-week consultation opened on Tuesday 26 September as Historic Environment Scotland (HES) asks the public to have their say on the future of Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.
As part of its consultation activity, HES is inviting people to take part in a survey which will run until Tuesday 19 December. Participants will be asked how they currently use the Park, what they believe the priorities should be for the Park and the role Holyrood Park should play in Edinburgh’s future.
Participants will also be asked for their feedback on HES’s Outline Strategic Plan which showcases detailed principles, vision and objectives to deliver a new future for Holyrood Park that could transform the Park into a climate positive asset for Scotland, strengthen its iconic status and provide further wellbeing benefits. The Plan is being shaped with communities and stakeholders to ensure that future proposals reflect the needs of all park users.
Holyrood Park attracts millions of visitors every year, providing a unique visitor experience for tourists as well as residents and contributing to Scotland’s economy, in addition to providing a range of physical health and mental wellbeing benefits. The Park is designated as a Scheduled Monument, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and is listed on the Inventory of Gardens and Designated Landscapes.
Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said:
“Holyrood Park is a park like no other. Not only is it the city’s premier green space, with its dramatic hills and crags shaping the Edinburgh skyline, but its history spans thousands of years, with an ancient now-extinct volcano and over 100 known archaeological sites. The Park is situated within a 15-minute walking and cycling catchment of around 89,000 and 317,000 residents respectively, and its landscape offers varied habitats supporting a wide biodiversity.
“These are some of the reasons why Holyrood Park is a hugely complex site, which not only needs to be looked at within the context of our wider estate of more than 300 Properties in Care, but within the city of Edinburgh as a whole.
“We have been developing these draft proposals over the past year, including engaging with key partners to ensure that we can develop a new future for the city’s iconic park which maximises the benefits and opportunities that it can bring to the people of Edinburgh and Scotland.”
The Consultation can be found here
Following the consultation, the feedback received will be analysed and a final Strategic Plan for Holyrood Park will be published in 2024