Saughton Park restoration project

About the project

Saughton Park and Gardens is a hidden gem in the south west of Edinburgh and plans have been developed to restore and improve this historically important park.

In 2013, we received a 'round one' development grant of £392,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People grant programme. This funding has been used to develop fully costed master plan proposals for the park.

Landscape architects Ironside Farrar and architects Sutherland Hussey Harris and Richard Shorter were appointed to help develop the designs.

Community First Partnership and Jura Consultants worked with us to develop an exciting programme of events and activities to help increase the number and diversity of people who visit the park, and provide volunteering and learning opportunities. 

The cost for the restoration and improvement works is estimated to be £5.2 million.

We submitted our second round bid application in August 2015. In January 2016, we received the great news that our bid had been successful. This funding will cover 73% of the costs. The rest of the funding will be made up from the Council and external funding. 

We are continuing to work with landscape architects Ironside Farrar and architects Sutherland Hussey Harris to develop the detailed specification drawings and tender for construction contractors. Construction works will be carried out between 2017 and 2018.

The newly restored park is due to open in August 2018.

Working together 

We have been working with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (the Caley) to explore how Saughton Park can be used as a base for their administration and Edinburgh-based member activities. The master plan proposals include a new office base for the Caley at Saughton Park along with new teaching and demonstration gardens. The Caley will offer a range of learning and educational activities for adults and children, as well as activities suitable for those with disabilities.

A newly formed Friends of Saughton Park group has been working alongside project staff and Caley members to develop the master plan proposals for the park and gardens. It will play a key role in the future park, leading on history and heritage activities and maintaining a new community physic garden.

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