Our Impact

Edinburgh World Heritage are independent experts on Edinburgh’s built, natural and cultural environment. Through ongoing conservation, engagement and advocacy, we work hard to keep the city special. See below for ways we monitor our impact.

Key projects

Our vital conservation skills and expertise, combined with grants, have enabled over 1500 projects on buildings, public spaces and in response to climate change. We also engage with diverse communities to explore and interpret our shared heritage.

Current areas of focus

Our approach to Neighbourhood Focus targets areas of the city that will benefit the most from our grants and advice.

We have created a Climate Emergency Strategy aiming to identify and address the challenges posed by climate change.

Edinburgh in numbers

Edinburgh’s population residing in the UNESCO World Heritage Site


Amount of green space within the UNESCO World Heritage Site


Listed buildings within the UNESCO World Heritage Site


Our impact in numbers

Awarded in grants
£ 1 m+
Grants awarded
1 +
Projects funded
100 +
'Buildings at Risk' saved
1 +
Tradespeople employed (22/23)
Apprentices trained (22/23)
Events organised
1 +
Leverage (22/23)
£ 1

Policy Positions

We work closely with the City of Edinburgh Council, Historic Environment Scotland and other partners to act in the best interests of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Occasionally, we feel it is necessary to make our position clear — particularly when dealing with controversial or contentious matters. You can see our latest policy positions below.