SAUGHTON PARK

VISITOR SERVICES BUSINESS PLAN

City of Edinburgh Council

Since the early 1900s Saughton Park has been a hugely popular tourist destination and local amenity within the City of Edinburgh. Created in the grounds of Saughtonhall House, the 1908 Scottish National Exhibition initially financed new park entrances, a footpath network, sporting facilities, a bandstand, and a winter garden and botanical garden. At that time in a nine month period 3.5 million paying customers were entertained and educated by an array of exhibitions, attractions, recreations and amusements. However, over the course of the last century the park deteriorated in quality and as such now falls short of a number of defining characteristics and design features. Jura Consultants supported the City of Edinburgh Council in their second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £3.8million towards the £5.4 million project, developing a Visitor Services Business Plan for the park and supporting the consultation work that contributed to the Activity Plan. This study also involved close working with the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society (the Caley) to develop plans and establish how the Caley will be permanently based at the park. HLF Funding was awarded in early 2016, for a comprehensive restoration project that will also provide a range of new visitor facilities that will return the park to its former glory. Work is due to take place on site for a year from Summer 2017.