This Park Managers Forum was themed on ‘Nature Networks and nature restoration in urban greenspaces – case studies and current developments’. 

We had presentations, questions and answers, and discussions, based mainly on four cases from Nature Restoration in Parks projects funded with Levelling Up Parks 'one-off' grant funding from Scottish Government and UK government in 2023. This scheme is managed by greenspace scotland. 

Presentations and speakers (all links open in new windows): 

 'Aberdeen Flagship Parks for Pollinators'. Nature restoration in two large city multi-use parks. Karen Van Eeden, Environmental Planner, Natural Environment Policy, Strategic Place Planning, Aberdeen City Council.  

'Nature Restoration, Duns Park - Wetland Connection & Amenity Enhancement through Nature Based Solutions'. Duncan Morrison, Flood and Coastal Management Team Leader, Infrastructure & Environment Engineering. Scottish Borders Council.

'Improving Nature Networks for East Lothian’s Communities'  - Jennifer Lothian, Team Manager – Strategy, Policy & Development, Amenity Services and Lydia Miller, Graduate Intern, East Lothian Council.

'Linking Leith’s Parks' – Alexandra Hoadley, Greenspace Development Officer (Ecology), City of Edinburgh Council

'Scottish Biodiversity Strategy - Delivery plan Nature Networks, 30 by 30 Framework' - Abi Gardner, 30 x 30 and Nature Networks Project Officer, NatureScot