EH12 5TD, UK
SiMBA worked closely with the staff of Edinburgh City Council Parks & Gardens to find a suitable, secure location for our first Tree of Tranquillity. The Tree was 'planted' in March 2008, a new concept giving parents a place to visit knowing that they are not alone.
The tree is within Saughton Winterp Gardens, off Balgreen Road, Edinburgh, EH12. This is a peaceful setting with the Water of Leith running along the southern boundary. The location benefits from being surrounded by a perimeter wall and the Gardens are locked at night for security. It is a place where parents can visit to share thoughts and have quiet moments to reflect.
Edinburgh City Council currently have a lottery funding stage 2 bid in for restoration and regeneration of the park & garden and the Tree of Tranquillity in included in those plans. The Tree will stay in it's current location but the border area surrounding the Tree will be developed to include annual shrubs and flowers.
Saughton Winter Gardens opening times
Monday: 10:00 – 16.00
Tues – Fri: 10:00 – 15:30
Sat & Sun: 12:00 – 15:00
Monday: 08:00- 15:30
Tues – Fri: 08:00 – 15.00
Sat & Sun: 12:00 – 15.00
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We have received confirmation from Edinburgh Council that Saughton Winter Gardens will shortly undergo a major refurbishment. During the construction phase Edinburgh Council will try to keep as much of the park open as they can. However, closures are unavoidable and it’s likely that the Winter Garden, Conservatory and public toilets as well as both car parks will be closed for the majority of the 18 month period from July 2017 - December 2018.
We understand how disappointing this news must be for you and we would like to assure you that we will keep you up to date with any developments and updates that we receive from them.
Why will the grounds close?
Both the Conservatory and the Winter Garden will be completely refurbished and re-planted. The old cafe area will be removed (as a new cafe is being built to the west of the site) and space will be made by the Plant Room for a small kitchen area which can be used by groups for community events. The public toilets in this area will be refurbished, and will complement the public toilets being built near the new café, but the Winter Garden Conservatory will be retained.
The plans along with further event details will be available to view in The Winter Gardens and on-line at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/saughtonpark
Will this affect the Tree of Tranquillity?
As the grounds will be closed it is unlikely that you will be able to visit the tree during the refurbishment period but the tree itself will not be affected. We will keep in regular contact with Edinburgh Council to ensure that the tree is undamaged during the refurbishment process but unfortunately we will not be able to add any more leaves during the refurbishment period.
*Update about the closure of Saughton Winter Gardens - 14.11.2018*
Park Restoration Project - Construction Update
Due to unforeseen circumstances the walled garden and glass house is not now expected to open until January 2019, this means that unfortunately we will not have access to the Tree of Tranquillity until this time. We are in regular contact with Edinburgh Council and will update our facebook page and website as soon as we have a confirmed opening date. Please note that the play park and cycle paths and car parks are currently open.
*Update about the closure of Saughton Winter Gardens - 04.08.2017*
Park Restoration Project - Construction Update
We are very pleased to announce that our landscape contractor P1 Solutions Ltd has arrived on site in the park and work has commenced.
The next few weeks is the setting up period where there will be disruption in the park as the contractors bring their equipment and materials onto the site. One of the first things that is happening is the creation of the builders compound with associated containers and portacabins being situated in the area just to the north of the walled garden.
All of this requires roads, paths and some public areas including the Walled Garden to be closed in order to keep the people safe. The east car park will remain closed until further notice and the west car park will similarly be closed shortly.
The Walled Garden and the Winter Garden will not be accessible to the public for the next few weeks, which means that the SiMBA Tree is out of bounds too. This is necessary to keep people safe as there is lots of heavy machinery etc on the site right now. The SiMBA Tree will be protected throughout the building works.
A new access path from Balgreen Road has been created for users of the skatepark and the playpark and signage is in place to direct the public. The playpark will remain open until the end of the school holidays and the skatepark will be open and accessible for the duration of the works which are scheduled to last for 52 weeks.
Security fencing and signage have been erected around the areas where work is taking place and there has been tree removal work this week in the Walled Garden and further enabling works are being undertaken so that an archaeological investigation of Saughtonhall House can be carried out.
*Update about the closure of Saughton Winter Gardens - 19.06.2017*
We have spoken with Saughton Winter Gardens this morning and the tree will hopefully re-open in December 2018 as all works are due to be completed by the end of November 2018.
We will continue to update this page with further details of the programme of works as well as noting restricted public access to areas of the park and associated diversions.
We are sure that you will agree that this is a hugely exciting time for Saughton Park.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to email Gillian on email@example.com or call 0131 353 0055.