The City of Edinburgh Council is the first Council to sign up to the CSGN’s Local Authority Concordat, which recognises its commitment to formally help deliver the CSGN vision and highlights the fundamental role local authorities have to play in helping to achieve the network’s aims.

The City of Edinburgh Council has pledged to embed the CSGN in all relevant policies, strategies and plans and to promote connectivity and multifunctional use of all types of greenspace at a range of scales in both urban and rural areas. The Council has also committed to identifying opportunities and priority areas for Green Network enhancement to target available resources and facilitate its delivery.

Keith Geddes, Chair of the Central Scotland Green Network Partnership Board, said: “In order to achieve the CSGN aims of delivering a high quality green network that will meet the Scottish Government’s environmental, social and economic objectives, we need to share resources, best practice and new thinking.

“Our Local Authority Concordat represents a collective understanding that working in partnership will ensure policies and resources are aligned and will in turn achieve the optimum results for all parties involved. I hugely welcome the fact that the City of Edinburgh Council has come on board and we look forward to building on our relationship to create a lasting legacy for the future.”

Cllr Andrew Burns, Leader of the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "By signing up to the network we are underlining the capital coalition's commitment to a greener Edinburgh.

“We already help to create a better environment through our work on parks and other green spaces, routes for walking and cycling, and efforts to reduce our own impact as an organisation. But we can also further support the network's objectives through our approach to community plans and the built environment."