The Japanese Garden · Cowden Castle · Scotland    A Restoration Appeal

Brochure (pdf)


"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)

Help us to rescue this historical gem

Any contribution is vital and extremely welcome, so don’t let this page which includes sponsorship opportunities, put you off donating whatever you feel you can afford.

For example, if just 600 people chose the restoration of the garden as their Christmas charity and donated £50 (plus Gift Aid) we would be able to match the government grant for the new Japanese designed entrance and be confident we could open the garden to the public in May 2018.

Gift Aid Form (PDF)

Friends of Cowden

List of Friends of Cowden on commissioned plaque within Garden Pavilion:
£1,000 per friend

List of Friends of Cowden within published book on history and restoration of the garden:
£500 per friend

List of Friends of Cowden within fundraising book:
£250 per friend

NB: If generous donors would prefer to remain anonymous we will leave them out of all public literature.

Name a structure after a company or in memory of someone:

The donation figure includes immediate landscaping and access. The donors who sponsor a structure will be listed (if desired) on a commissioned plaque in the new Pavilion positioned at the entrance to the garden.

Education Pavilion:

Dry Garden:

West Islands:


Japanese entrance:

Island Tea House:

Arched Bridge:

Summer House:

Zig Zag Bridge:

Welcome Gates:
£24,000 each

Revolving Sun Shade with thatched roof: £18,000

Five antique stone lanterns:
£10,000 each

Five Japanese designed benches: £5,000 each

Tree – named after donor:

Donate now with PayPal. Please also return the Gift Aid form below in order to maximise your contribution.

Alternatively you can donate by cheque or online bank transfer, see details below

Gift Aid Form (PDF)

Other Donations

For those of you wanting to donate to rescue this historic garden please complete the Gift Aid form, make cheques out to Cowden Castle SCIO and post to:

Sara Stewart
Mains of Arndean
FK14 7NT

Or pay via online banking:

Online Banking

Please scan and email the gift aid form to:

Account Name: Cowden Castle SCIO
Bank: Clydesdale Bank
Sort Code: 82 62 08
Account No: 10056826
IBAN: GB 61 CLYD 826208 10056826

We will continue to add photographs to the website to show you the progress as the team continue to work their magic.