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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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):
- Education Pavilion: £150,000
- Services building: £80,000
- Resurfacing perimeter path: £50,000
- Island Azumaya: £28,000
- Second Welcome Gate: £26,000
- Summer House and access path: £24,000
- Arched Bridge and access path: £22,500
- Zig Zag Bridge and access path: £15,500
- Heritage Stone Restoration: £9,000
- Three benches: £5,000
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement so far.
Chair of Trustees