Last month, a five-year project to repair and restore the historic C-listed walled garden in Kinneil Estate was completed.
The Walled Garden is close to the nearby Antonine Wall World Heritage Site located in the northern part of Kinneil Estate. In 2016 part of the old 16th/17th-century perimeter wall collapsed causing health and safety concerns for the site’s tenants.
The perimeter wall has been lovingly restored to its former glory with new decorative ironwork pedestrian and vehicle gates installed thanks to a £611k investment from the Council.
Repair of the perimeter wall got underway in March 2017 and was completed over 3 phases:
- Phase 1 - £91.5k – Part East and South Wall
- Phase 2 - £336.5k – West and part North Wall, installation of new pedestrian and vehicular gates
- Phase 3 - £183k – part North and part East Wall, large greenhouse demolition
Councillor Paul Garner, spokesperson for Economic Development said: “The walled garden is a significant feature of the Kinneil Estate and has in recent years been used to house the Council’s bedding plant nursery.
“The work put into this project has been incredible and thanks go to the stone masons who have carried out the pain-staking work to not only make the wall safe for future generations but who have also restored it in keeping with its rich heritage.”
The walled garden is currently home of Sustainable Thinking Scotland, an environmental social enterprise delivering projects to encourage sustainable food production, provide community-scale green waste recycling and create learning opportunities for vulnerable and disadvantaged communities.
Works on the perimeter wall were carried out by Go Wright Ltd (Phase 1) and Dugie Clark Clachan Mhor (Phases 2 & 3) project managed by the Council’s term consultants WSP. New pedestrian and vehicular gates were designed and installed by P Johnston and Company.