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Saughton Park Officially Reopens!

Updated: Jun 11, 2019

A welcome break in the rain saw the sun shining on Saughton Park and the attendees at the official opening on Thursday.

The Princess Royal arrived to tour the gardens and new community spaces and to meet some of the people who have been involved with the multi million pound restoration project.

Shona got to tell our story of how we started from only a handful of volunteers and have grown to be a large thriving and dynamic community group.

Also how we have worked alongside the different parties who have worked to restore Saughton Park and our endeavours within the Park itself.

Representatives from the Orchard, Physic Garden, History and Wildlife groups all had the privilege of meeting HRH Princess Anne to explain the purpose and activities of each group.

There were a few nerves to begin with, but the day went fantastically. The Park and Gardens looked glorious in the sunshine and the Bandstand came to life thanks to the Tynecastle High School Band.

An official plaque was unveiled to mark the occasion and the Ballad of Saughton Park, a poem written especially for the Park by Edinburgh Makar Professor Alan Spence was read to round off the the Royal tour. The poem can be read here.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet and celebrate with the different people who have worked so hard to bring our Park back to life.

There may have been a few glasses of prosecco and bucks fizz consumed in celebration at the Civic Reception which followed the tour!

Please see the Gallery to view some more pictures from the day.



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