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Update August 2017

15th August 2017

Following a meeting yesterday we have decided that Cowden will not open to the public until May 2018. Our Head Gardener, Kate White, is employed full time but we can not advertise for volunteers to help her until the new access is secured. We have received many generous donations and are now urgently seeking sponsorship to match the grants and donations secured. Outstanding projects include the entrance, the education pavilion, two bridges and two remaining tea houses. The garden is almost restored, it is the structures that need financial attention. All enquiries re: funding or possible sponsorship to .

Sara (Stewart)
Chair of the Trustees, Cowden Castle SCIO

Update June 2017

28th June 2017

We are in the midst of the final push of match funding for the new entrance. Once work starts it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks to ensure safe access. £65,000 is our immediate target.

The opening date will be announced as soon as the funding is secured.

Best wishes

Sara (Stewart)
Chair, Cowden Castle SCIO

Update May 2017

29th May 2017

It has been an exciting month for all of us interested in Japanese Gardens. Kazuyuki Ishihara won Gold in the Artisan Garden category at Chelsea Flower Show and The Consul General of Japan, Mr Saisuke Matsunaga, visited Cowden on the 27th May to see the progress since his last visit.

The garden was in full bloom after the diligent care by Kate White, our head gardener and her helpers, Pat and Margaret. Members of the Dry Stone Wallers Association recently finished the wall of the east burn and made a start on repairing the causeway, constructed c.1910. We have also secured vital funding to to improve the road access and open the garden for part of this year. Red tape has hampered our timing, but we are moving in the right direction and I see no reason why the garden won't be open with a fully functioning service building by April 2018. As many of you know it is our intention to offer private tours for charities such as Maggie's Centres and Mind. We would like patients and their families to benefit from the pleasure the garden has given the Stewart family for over a hundred years and as soon as we have appropriate facilities in place this plan will be put into action.

We are continuing to raise funds to construct the Pavilion, install the new bridges, Island and summer houses. Estate larch has been milled, but we still require funding before we can commission the specialist joiners. If you know of individuals, companies or trusts who you think may be interested in donating please email me at or donate direct to the Clydesdale Bank, or via PAYPAL. Don't forget that Cowden is a charity (ref: SC045060) and donors who have given over £5,000 and are happy to be credited with helping to restore the garden, will be personally listed on the wall of the new Pavilion. Donations over £1,000 will be listed in a specially commissioned book.

Projects still to be completed (to include landscaping):

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement so far.

Sara Stewart
Chair of Trustees

Update February 2017

27th February 2017

As many of you know the entrance via the West Lodge is not suitable for visitors and buses. Last autumn the charity was awarded a grant from LEADER, which in conjunction with match funding, will enable us to build an entrance and access to the old castle 'Drive'. This extremely exciting development initiated by Dorothy Henke and Alison Davidson from CETERIS in Alloa was supported by Ashley Robinson from LEADER. As a result we are now able to make realistic plans for volunteer programmes, garden tours etc. For those of you keen to visit the garden and see the progress made we are aiming to open the gates by the 30th June 2017. Dates, times and price to be announced.

The restoration is still ongoing as we continue to raise funds to install the new bridges, Island and summer houses. Estate larch has been milled, but we still require funding before we can commission the specialist joiners. If you know of individuals, companies or trusts who you think may be interested in donating please email me at: . There will be a list of donors in the new Pavilion for individuals/companies who are happy to be credited with helping to restore the garden.

Sara Stewart
chair of Trustees

Other News

We are delighted to announce that the trustees have employed Kate White as principle gardener at Cowden. Previously employed by The National Trust for Scotland and trained at The Royal Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh she is fully qualified to take on the challenge.

Garden Party to celebrate first public viewing of The Japanese Garden: Saturday, 13th May 2016

2016

We are having an evening garden party for Cowden Castle SCIO because we need to raise funds for the ongoing restoration.

The garden party will held be at The Japanese Garden at Cowden Castle, Clackmannanshire, FK14 7PJ.

Gates open at 6pm and close at 8pm. Wine and Canapes.

Tickets: £25

Tickets are strictly limited and cannot be bought on the day

IMPORTANT
Please email after purchasing tickets so that we can email them to you