Edinburgh's Water of Leith river in Coalie Park has a new installation showcasing the environmental and social benefits of aquatic restoration.
The three 60 square meter floating ecosystems is the result of a partnership between water technology intelligence company BlueTech Research, technology company Biomatrix Water, the Water of Leith Conservation Trust (WOLCT), and the Water of Leith Park Association.
The installation, completed by the team from Biomatrix Water, will provide a safe haven for nesting birds, improve water quality, provide shelter and feeding grounds for fish, as well as enhance the aesthetics of the area for the local community.
Through our work at Biomatrix, we aim to create an opportunity for people to reconnect with the natural world at the heart of the places where they live.
Biomatrix Water managing director Galen Fulford said, “Through our work at Biomatrix, we aim to create an opportunity for people to reconnect with the natural world at the heart of the places where they live.
“Natural wetland water systems have been increasing biodiversity and water quality and providing habitats for plants and animals for millennia. The installation of a floating ecosystem at Coalie Park is an incredible opportunity to help create more thriving ecosystems right within the city of Edinburgh.”
The floating ecosystems uses 100% sustainable, recycled, and non-toxic materials as well as improving water quality, habitat diversity, and mental wellbeing through increased contact with natural spaces.
"When the flowers develop we will have these beautiful nature reserves that give wildlife an extra chance.”
WOLCT ranger, Johnny Wells said, “We have already introduced seven wildflower meadows and three community gardens along the Water of Leith walk way so by adding these additional spaces it is going to support the entire ecosystem.
"Leith is a heavily populated part of Edinburgh with limited green spaces so when the flowers develop hopefully we will have these beautiful nature reserves that give wildlife an extra chance.”
The installation is being added to the Water of Leith to commemorate the twelfth annual BlueTech Forum, which is bringing together technology and engineering experts, along with investors and thought leaders, to find collaborative solutions to the world’s water challenges.
The installation will also help offset carbon emissions from the Forum, with a percentage of every ticket going towards its funding. It joins others that Biomatrix Water have installed worldwide, including in the UK, US, Philippines, India, Australia, Canada, and China.