Penicuik New Garden

Penicuik, Midlothian

This "Lost Garden of Penicuik" is a remarkable adjunct to the ruin of Penicuik House nearby and almost equally a ruin. Our first involvement in this ambitious 50 year project to bring the garden back to life as a Community Garden for the people of Penicuik was to help Elliott & Co Structural Engineers with the recording and dismantling of what is known as the West Plant House, this was the last surviving standing timber elements of a long McKenzie and Moncur range of greenhouses including a similar East Plant house and a larger Central Plant House. The dismantling work included re-roofing one of the lean to bothies on the other side of the wall to form secure dry storage for the frame as a record for the rebuilding of the Plant House in the future. Since then we have used another package of funding the Penicuik Community Development Trust has been given to consolidate the base walls of the plant house using the garden's original contractor John Dennis Ltd.

We are now helping the Trust take stock of the garden's overall condition, prioritise and package work and make appropriate funding applications to organisations who might fund the mammoth task the Trust is undertaking and managing to make work.

Design Team

Architect: JGA
Structural Engineers: Elliott & Co
Selected photograph courtesy of Penicuik Community Development Trust

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