Caley members at the Saughton ground breaking

Caley @ Saughton Park

Saughton Park has a long and interesting history and much of that history has had links with The Caley.  In the 1980s The Caley had a very active relationship with the Winter Garden, having made a significant contribution to its refurbishment. We continued to hold many events on site including plants sales, well remembered and missed by many local residents.

But the link goes back even further, as a former President of The Caley, James McHattie (the ‘inventor’ of the clock in Princes Street Gardens) was responsible for transforming the park after the Scottish National Exhibition in 1908.  In 1910 he recorded that

“The Park is now complete…

The area enclosed by the old garden walls has been laid out in an ornamental manner.  It includes a Rosary, American Garden, Rock Garden and Sweet Pea garden.”

More recently The Caley has been working in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council on the restoration of the park.  Thanks to a successful Heritage Lottery bid, this project that will allow the Caley to have a permanent office base within the park, with active teaching and demonstration gardens.

BUT not all of the elements on the Caley’s wish list are able to be included in the lottery funded element – for example a Caley glasshouse and potting shed, so we have much more work to do.  If you would like to become involved with the Caley at Saughton or want to make  a donation towards growing the Caley presence at Saughton you can email with your name and address and we will be in touch or you can download a form from this link if you wish to make a donation.

The Caley’s aspiration to have a demonstration garden is not new.

Since 1809 the focus of the Society has been to share knowledge and skills  and to give advice on the best varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers to grow in Scotland.


Saughton Park – update

Saughton Park - Cafe

Artists’ impression of the new cafe in the Walled Garden.

In December 2017 the Council awarded the contract for the buildings package of works to Clark Contracts. This work includes building the new café, the restoration of the stables block where the Caley office will be located, new toilets and the Bothy for volun­teers. Work on all of this begins in the New Year.

The bandstand has been refurbished and will be returned to the park in the coming months.  The Winter Gardens is in the process of being renovated and work should be completed in the next couple of months, when the exciting work of planting can begin.


Keep up to date with progress at the park at

This will keep you up to date with all of the work that is going on and the various areas of the park that are closed off to allow work to continue.

Regular updates will be posted as work progresses.  Make sure you check back to ensure you have the latest news. You can also find the latest newsletter from the contractors here and keep in touch via Facebook.


Please note:  There are no parking facilities at the park at present due to the ongoing construction works.  If you are visiting the park, please do not park on the grass areas as this is causing damage and is also a safety risk.