The Japanese Garden · Cowden Castle · Scotland    A Restoration Appeal

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1 in 30 chance of winning Nicky Philipps portrait

£1,000 per person. Capped at 30 entries. Please click PayPal button to donate £1,000 and be entered in our competition.

The winner’s name will be filmed being drawn out of a hat by Nicky and uploaded onto the website next Friday, 15th December.

Nicky Philipps website

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News

26th November 2017

The restoration is progressing well as can be seen by these recent photographs. Our aim is to open the garden in May 2018 in time for you all to see the Spring shrubs and enjoy the development of this magical seven acre garden.

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We are urgently seeking donations in order to match the Government grants awarded to date. Once the funding is secure we can begin constructing the new Japanese designed entrance and upgrade the car park, facilities and paths to the garden. We are appealing to those of you interested in seeing Cowden fully restored and opened to the public for the first time since May 1955 to contribute to this exciting project by visiting the fundraising page.

Remember that by completing the Gift Aid form you are contributing an extra 25p for every £1 donated. No minimum donation……….!

Fundraising


Thank you in advance

Sara Stewart
Chair of the Trustees, Cowden Castle SCIO

"The Japanese Garden is a unique, international attraction in Clackmannanshire, I whole-heartedly support its development."

Luke Graham, MP, Ochil and South Perthshire

Testimonials

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"The most important Japanese garden in the Western World"

Professor Jijo Suzuki
18th Hereditary Head of the Soami School of Imperial Garden Design, Japan, 1925
(National Library of Scotland, Acc: 5058)

"Taki Handa was the first and only woman to have designed a Japanese Garden of this nature. The fact that she was appointed in 1908 is of significant interest worldwide."

Professor Fukuhara
Osaka University of Arts, Japan

SHÃH–RAK–UEN

"In a sheltered foothold of a grassy range of hills, that stretch from sunrise to sunset, lies the gardens of my dreams. As its background softly rounded hills breathe peace, after the fierce volcanic agencies that upraised them, and long aeons of time have moulded their forms into the undulating lines that encircle the surroundings of ‘Shãh-rak-uen’, the place of pleasure and delight."

A long look at life by two Victorians
Ella Christie & Alice Stewart

BBC Scotland report, May 2016

View a video update on the garden, from 13/5/2016.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-36285102

BBC Scotland report, September 2014

View a short item on the garden, from Reporting Scotland 4/9/2014.

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