Blindwells, East Lothian

Blindwells, East Lothian
P1 Contractors Ltd
East Lothian, Scotland


We were enlisted by P1 Contractors and urban design architects, OOBE, to supply plants to help enhance the grounds of a new residential development, Blindwells in East Lothian.

The challenge

Blindwells site owner and developer Hargreaves Land plans to transform Blindwells from a brownfield site into a rich, bio-diverse landscape with thousands of plants, trees and meadow grasslands that will enhance the grounds of the residential development and surrounding areas by increasing aesthetic value and increasing habitat opportunities for local wildlife.

The new residential development located just 12 miles from Edinburgh will comprise of 1,600 homes, educational facilities, a healthcare hub, retail outlets, a town centre and quality green open spaces to help facilitate healthy lifestyles with running, cycling and walking routes around the site.

The solution 

Hargreaves Land enlisted P1 Contractors Ltd to carry out the soft landscaping of all the main infrastructure and structure blocks within phases one and two.

P1 tasked Johnsons with the plant supply. Johnsons supply of plants so far in phases one and two has included over 25,000 Hedging and tree transplants, over 2,000 shrubs and over 160 mature trees.

Native hedging varieties such as Acer campestre, Crataegus monogyna and Prunus spinosa were used in the project to create natural screening and structure as well as providing food and shelter for wildlife.

Over 40 Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ trees were planted, a variety that has become known as the perfect street tree with clouds of white flowers appearing in spring, and in autumn its leaves turn to shades of red and purple.



The Result 

Phases one and two of the project are now complete and have enhanced the grounds of the Blindwells residential development as well as increasing habitat opportunities for local wildlife and increasing aesthetic value.

Additional soft landscaping will commence in phases three and P1 hope they take the excellent collaborative approach into the future phases of the project.

Richard McMonagle, Director of P1 Contractors, said: “ Blindwells has been a great project to be involved in; the client and design team have placed a massive emphasis on the green spaces within the development to make this a highly desirable place to live and work. Having previously worked with Johnsons on all our major projects in Scotland, they were our first choice to partner with on this project due to the quality & service they always deliver.”

Scott Waite, Head of Project Management at Hargreaves Land, said: “We’re excited to be working with Oobe and P1 Contractors to create sustainable green spaces that will leave a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy. By working together, we have a real opportunity to not only to create diverse habitats that enhance and protect our wildlife, but also transform former industrial landscapes and give them a new lease of life.”

Eleanor Richardson, Marketing Manager at Johnsons Nurseries Ltd said: “It’s great to be associated with this new residential development that will see our plants and trees enjoyed by residents and wildlife for decades to come. We have worked with P1 Contractors for over ten years, so it was a pleasure to have been enlisted to supply the plants for this new development and work with them again. “