Everything’s coming up roses at Cruden Homes

Pic 4 Cruden Homes.Gracemount PrimaryEverything’s coming up roses at Cruden Homes’ Edinburgh development – Evolution, thanks to the green fingered pupils from Gracemount and St Catherine’s primary schools, who recently helped plant a new garden they had designed for the showhome.

Situated within the Gracemount suburb of the capital, Evolution is an innovative development of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom homes.

When the company opened the stylish two-bedroom Viceroy showhome towards the end of last year, they wanted a beautiful garden that would match the property’s stylish interior and opened up a design competition to pupils from the development’s neighbouring primary schools.

The children clearly relished the task, as their designs were an inspiring mix – including gardens with their own golf course, swimming pool and tennis court. A winning design from St Catherine’s was chosen for the back garden and an equally impressive entry from Gracemount Primary was picked for the front of the house.

Caroline Elliot, sales and marketing manager at Cruden Homes (East), says: “We were overwhelmed by both the number of entries we received and by the imagination of the children. They made it very difficult for us to choose the overall winners.

“The pupils really enjoyed the opportunity to visit the development and take part in translating their school’s winning design into an actual garden. They quite literally ‘mucked in’ to create a beautiful outside space that matches the interior of the showhome. I’m sure we will receive a lot of positive comments and feedback from visitors to Evolution over the coming months.”

Gardening can work up an appetite, so in helping to plant the many shrubs and plants that make up the new lush landscaping, the children were rewarded from Cruden Homes with sweets all round, including giant chocolate bars for the winners.

Gracemount provides an established setting that includes local schools, shops and leisure facilities as well as excellent road and transport links to the city centre and beyond. The area is currently undergoing a substantial regeneration initiative, which Evolution is part of.

Prices at the development are currently released from just £139,000. For further information on Evolution or to visit the new garden at the Viceroy showhome, please call Cruden Homes on 0845 220 2525 or visit

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