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, the Council 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 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 £5.3 million. The Council's second round bid application to HLF will cover 71% of the costs. The rest of the funding will be made up from the Council, external funding and volunteer time contributions. 

Our round two bid application was submitted on 31 August 2015. This is a competitive process and a decision is expected at the start of January 2016.  If successful, detailed design work will start immediately and construction works will be carried out between 2017 and 2018. The newly restored park is due to open in August 2018.

Download the information briefing to read more about the project. 

Working together 

The Council has been working with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, better known as the Caley, to explore how Saughton Park can be used as a base for their administration and Edinburgh based member activities. If the application to the HLF is successful, the Caley will have a new office base at Saughton Park along with new teaching and demonstration gardens. They will offer a range of learning and educational activities for both 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.   They 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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