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EWH Annual Review 2011-12

EWH's Annual Review highlights our work in conserving, promoting and enhancing the World Heritage Site.

Sep 26, 2012

Through the year EWH awarded £414,246 to conservation projects in the World Heritage Site. However this initial public investment acts as a catalyst for levering in funds from other sources such as property owners, donations, grants and sponsorship. In 2011-12 this amounted to an extra £ 1.9 million spent conserving the World Heritage Site. In other words, for every £1 we receive from the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland we lever in over £5 from private sources.

EWH projects act as a catalyst for uplifting areas which are in need of social and economic assistance. The Scotsman Steps project has transformed a public route once blighted by anti-social behaviour. The restoration of a Victorian shopfront on Nicolson Street has helped to uplift an area affected by poor quality public realm. Grants to the Bedlam Theatre and a shopfront on Teviot Row have helped to improve the streetscape on a major route through the World Heritage Site.

Tourism is vital to Edinburgh’s economy, and the World Heritage Site is the key asset in attracting the city’s 3.37 million visitors. The new Edinburgh Tourism Strategy launched in January 2012 recognises this and identifies it as one of the main strength’s of the city. EWH projects such as the World Heritage City App and the Athens of the North Trail encouraged exploration of the World Heritage Site, spreading the economic benefits of tourism and providing a better quality experience for visitors.

Edinburgh World Heritage is grateful to the City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Government through Historic Scotland for their ongoing support, and to the many private donors who have also supported our projects throughout the year.

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