In this aerial view we can see how important Wardie Playing Fields are in our urban area. The photograph looks west and shows nearby Granton pier and harbour. The only other green space nearby is the much smaller Lomond Park.
We are fortunate to have such a resource in our community; we should treasure it and preserve it for future generations. Once green space disappears, it is gone forever.
Lots of research has shown that green spaces in the city are really valuable to our health, and the health of our environment. Wardie Playing Fields offer opportunities for walking, jogging, sport and games in an open, natural environment. Exercise promotes general health and is important in fighting obesity.
Green spaces can help our mental health too by lifting spirits, reducing stress and promoting community connections.
Natural grass and other plants improve air quality and reduce urban temperatures. Grassland also stores and filters rainwater for the water table, and by storing excess rainwater reduces the risk of flooding. Green spaces also store carbon and help to mitigate climate change.
No wonder they are thought of as the 'lungs of a city'.
The map shows the location of Wardie Playing Fields. The entrance is adjacent to the Broughton Rugby Club on Granton Road.