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Parks: Saughton Park and Gardens

Saughton Park

By City of Edinburgh Council

Spring colour in the Italian Garden

By Contributor Karen Reeves

By City of Edinburgh Council

The skatepark in Saughton Park

By City of Edinburgh Council

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Lovely day in Saughton Park. Here to take photos.

By Contributor Edinreporter

By City of Edinburgh Council

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Here we have some young gardeners from Balgreen Primary School planting vegetables in their own plot as part of the Saughton Park Restoration Project.

By Contributor Pete McDougall

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Background
Saughton Park is one of Edinburgh's hidden jewels. It has a large tract of well-managed open space with playing fields and athletics track, the biggest skate board park in Scotland and a modern creative play area. Spread over 34 acres, it also has a delightful formal garden in classic style, with neatly-clipped yew hedges, flower and heather beds, a sunken Italian garden, specimen trees, a glass Winter Garden with exotic plants, a garden of sweet fragrances for the blind and a rose garden that has won Saughton fame.
History and heritage
Saughton Park has had an interesting and varied past. The majority of the area came into Council ownership in 1900 when it was purchased from Sir William Baird Tuke. At that time, a nine-hole golf course, nursery and playing fields were laid out. In 1908, Saughton became the site of the great Scottish National Exhibition, opened by HRH Prince Arthur of Connaught. During the Second World War, the formal gardens were turned into onion beds as Saughton helped dig for victory. After WWII, Saughtonhall mansion house, which had earlier been turned into an asylum for the mentally ill, was destroyed in a controlled burning by the fire bigrade, as it had become riddled with dry rot. In 1984 the Winter Garden was formally opened by Lord Provost John McKay. Most recently, an award winning skateboard park was constructed in 2010 and a brand new play area was opened in 2012. There is currently a project underway to restore and improve the park. You can find out more on www.edinburgh.gov.uk/saughtonpark, which includes information on how to have your say and how to get involved.
Public Toilets
Toilets in Winter Gardens are open weekdays 8.30am-3.30pm and weekends 12noon-4pm.
Wheelchair accessible.
Visitor information
Serviced by Lothian bus route 22.
Other useful links
Help to Bring Back the Bandstand
Living Landscape features
Floral meadows (annuals)
Facilities
Rose gardensFloral displays
Walled garden
Glasshouses
Skateboard and bmx park
Play area, including basket swing
Toilets
Car park
Football
Play fields
Community woodlands
Seating
Braille boards
Wheelchair access
Get Involved
www.edinburgh.gov.uk/saughtonpark
MyParkScotland
Contact Details
Balgreen Road
EH11 3BQ
0131 529 7921
parks@edinburgh.gov.uk