Two locations in Aberdeen are to benefit from almost £3 million to improve greenspace.
NHS Grampian’s Foresterhill Campus will receive £1.6m of funding, with plans for tree planting, new paths to create a better network across the site and water storage basins to reduce run-off and flooding.
The funding, from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will see the site transformed to fit ongoing developments at the NHS estate, including the new Baird and ANCHOR centres.
Meanwhile, £1.1m has been awarded to a project developing greenspace in the Middlefield area.
There will be new footpaths and cycling routes across the area, as well as exercise trails and formal and informal play areas. The plan will see part of the area converted into a mix of habitats which include trees and wildflower meadows grassland, as well as returning a burn to a more natural state.
It is hoped the improvements will also reduce the flood risk in the Middlefield area and further downstream.
Ian Ross, SNH’s chairman, said the funding will help bring some greenery back into the city.
He said: “We’re delighted to help fund these projects and look forward to working with our partners to deliver them.
“Green infrastructure makes such a big impact on a community, attracting businesses to an area, improving physical and mental health, reducing flood risk and improving biodiversity.”
It is hoped the new green spaces will create better places for people and wildlife on an unprecedented scale across the city.
The North-east projects have been chosen because of their good green infrastructure design, their strong links to neighbouring communities and the range of benefits they will bring to the areas where they are based.
The funding aims to achieve the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy 2020.