Saughton Park Restoration Project

About the project

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

In 2013, the Council received a 1st round development grant of £392,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Parks for People grant programme. This funding is being used to put together fully costed master plan proposals for the park, which will be used to support the Council's 2nd round bid for the funding to carry out the necessary restoration and improvement works.

Landscape Architects Ironside Farrar and Architects Sutherland Hussey and Richard Shorter have been appointed to help develop the designs. Community First Partnership and Jura Consultants are helping us to develop an exciting programme of events and activities to help increase the number of and diversity of people who visit the park along with volunteering and learning opportunities.

The cost for the restoration and improvement works is estimated to be £5.4million. The Council's second bid to HLF will cover 70% of the costs. The rest of the funding will be made up from the Counil, external fudning and volunteer time contributions. 

The 2nd round bid is competitive and will be applied for in August 2015, with a decision expected in December 2015.  If successful, detailed design work will commence immediately. Construction works will be carried out between 2017 and 2018.

Download the information briefing to read more about the project. 

Working together 

The Council is working with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (the Caley) to explore how Saughton Park can be used as a base for their administration and Edinbrugh based member activities.

A newly formed Friends of Saughton Park group is working alongside project staff and Caley members to develop the master plan proposals for the park and gardens.  

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