Hello and welcome from the Friends of Saughton Park! We hope you like this website and find it useful. To learn a little more please keep on reading!
The Friends of Saughton Park
The Friends of Saughton Park came to life in 2014. One of the founding members of the Friends, Shona, tells us how the group began.
“In March 2014 I saw a poster in the park asking people to come along and find out what was happening in the park. I sent a photo of the poster to my sister asking her if she fancied going along to the Winter Garden at the Park.
Saughton Park is the park of our childhood and we have fond memories of the putting green, play park (with very high chute), Punch and Judy shows, the bandstand and the concrete paddling pool which lead to many a skint knee!
So we came along to the meeting to 'find out more'. The council had not long started work on their Heritage Lottery fund bid and we met a council development officer called Pete McDougall (Pete the Park) and, swept up by his enthusiasm and vision for the park that we love, we signed up.
That was the beginning of the Friends of Saughton Park (FoSP), our role is to support and promote the Park. We put on family friendly events each quarter and our teddy bear hunt, Pete's Ghost stories and our home baking are now legendary. It is important to us that these are free or low cost events that everyone can come and enjoy.”
Our Friends group is made up of other more focused groups, if you have specific interests and would like to learn new skills and meet new friends, one of these may be of interest to you!
Get Involved with Us!
FoSP has gone from 7 people turning up at that first meeting to over 160 members - membership is £2.00 per family forever and you can be the first to hear about what is happening at the park. We meet on the first Thursday of every month in the park with meeting details posted on our blog. Feel free to pop along and see us, you can be sure of a warm welcome!
Events: We run a variety of community events at the park. If you are interested in joining our Events Team, please get in touch. Volunteers to help out at these events on the day are always welcome, from home baking to helping with setting up the marquee, there's a role for everyone. or just come along and enjoy yourself!
Comms: If you are interested in joining our Comms Team, to help with our website, social media and other forms of communications, please get in touch.
Some information on our role in the restoration project can be found here and have a look at our Gallery page to see photos of all our activities and events. To keep up to date with our latest news, news about the park and upcoming events, please see our News & Events page
All in all, Saughton Park is a great place to meet a friend or make a friend! We hope to see you at the park soon!