Johnsons work with P1 Contractors Ltd to supply Saughton Park, Edinburgh

Johnsons work with P1 Contractors Ltd to supply Saughton Park, Edinburgh

Johnsons work with P1 Contractors Ltd to supply Saughton Park, Edinburgh

We have been working with P1 Contractors Ltd to supply plants for the restoration of Saughton Park, Edinburgh.

The £6.7 million renovation project began back in July 2017 and included the restoration of the walled garden, winter garden - including the winter glasshouse - and the restoration of the 110-year-old bandstand and garden.

Further redevelopment of the seven acre garden included:
• A brand new café
• The redevelopment of a rose garden with pergolas, and a seating area
• A new playground which is wheelchair-friendly and includes a train, bird’s nest climbing tower and lots more exciting play equipment
• Newly restored paths which include LED lighting
• A new car park
• A new entrance
• An outdoor gym
• A roller hockey and basketball court
• A new courtyard where the former stables have been turned into the parks offices
• New toilets including ones suitable for people with learning and physical disabilities

Edinburgh-based p1 has been responsible for the majority of the planned works including all the soft landscaping, landscape conservation, refurbishment of the winter garden and bandstand, the refurbishment of paths, benches, lighting, gym, car park and signage.

Richard McMonagle, Director of P1 Contractors Ltd, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of this project, it hasn’t been an easy task by any means with over 1,000 plant varieties on the order. Johnsons has excelled itself in only having to offer minimal substitutes from the original specifications and sourcing a lot of stock that we don’t normally see on our usual day to day schemes.”

Johnson’s contract to p1 was worth over £100,000. The plant supply was split over five different areas of the garden and included 70 pleached Carpinus, 90 trees over 16-18 girth size, 11 MST Betulas and over 5000 hedging plants.

The rose garden supply was worth over £40,000 and included eight thousand herbaceous plants, shrubs and roses. The bandstand renovation saw over 5,000 plants which included a mixture of shrubs and herbaceous with the white border including over 3,000 plants that included varieties like 400, Hakonechloa macra, 175 Helleborus ‘Silver Lace’ and 210 Brunnera ‘Mr Morse’.

The herbaceous border also saw over 6,000 plants used including over 350 Allium purple sensation, another 700 shrubs and herbaceous plants were used in the Italian garden also.

Ellie Richardson, Marketing & Sales Coordinator at Johnsons of Whixley, said: “It’s great to be involved with a full renovation of a well-known Scottish park with a long-standing customer. The supply has been ongoing for over a year so it’s great to see the finished result that includes so many different lines.”

Posted 12th Oct 10:32am