Francesca Osowska, Figgate Park,  Portobello, Edinburgh

Figgate Park in Portobello is a lovely oasis of calm. When people think of Portobello, they immediately think of the sea and don’t realise there is some lovely green space. Figgate Park is one of my favourite places to run, with beautiful trees, great birdlife and an otter, which I have sadly not seen.

The Figgate Friends have done an excellent job in improving the park in recent year, adding interpretation and signs for the main trees. This makes the park feel cared for, although not overly manicured. There are some great wilder areas, vital for increasing biodiversity.

 It’s a well-used park with people walking, lots of dog activity and runners. I often do my interval training there, running several laps, sometimes to the bemusement of other park users. The lovely surroundings make the pain of the session pass more quickly.

Francesca Osowska, Chief Executive of NatureScot

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