Public Grants

National Lottery Heritage Fund Scotland (£228,500), LEADER (£79,400 + £33,466),  Historic Environment Scotland (£5,800), Ceteris (£3,000), The Japan world Exposition Commemorative Fund Project (£12,000)

Donations over £10,000.00

John Swire and Sons, Lennox Hannay Trust, Fleming Trust, Nicky Philipps Ltd, Alice Enders, Fine Art Commissions Ltd, D C Stewart

Donations over £5,000.00

Ellis Campbell, Ward Trust, Finnis Scott, Balfour Trust, Ballie Gifford, Peake Trust, Mushroom Trust, Cayzer Trust.

Donations received over £1,000.00

Japan Scotland Foundation, J S Grant, Catriona Yates, Emma Deterding, John Cochrane, Malcolm Cochrane, Open More Doors, Sir Guy Darrel, Jo Parton, Foundation Scotland, West Hall Trust, Hornby Trust, Younger Trust, Sir Raymond Johnstone, Sinclair Henderson.

And many, many more generous individuals who have ensured the restoration is able to continue.


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

Luke Graham MP

Ochil and South Perthshire


"The restoration of the Japanese Garden is a unique project that showcases the diverse range of planting and styles within a ‘Scottish’ Japanese garden. A ground breaking project attracting worldwide interest and of immense benefit to local history and tourism."

Cllr Les Sharp

Leader, Clackmannanshire Council


“I can confirm that the Council most certainly supports the Cowden restoration project. We are delighted that the proposal came to fruition after many years. We granted planning consent in July 2015, fully recognising the importance of the Japanese Garden, not just locally but also nationally. As part of the planning application process, we received specific support from Historic Scotland and the two local Community Councils.”

Julie Hamilton

Development and Services Manager, Clackmannan Council


“I have been delighted to see the excellent progress in the redevelopment of the Japanese Garden at Cowden. I think this is a wonderful project and I fully support it: it will be a great addition to our local community. I have no doubt it will attract visitors to the area from far and wide, and I know that our schoolchildren here at Dollar  will really enjoy the opportunity to visit regularly.”

David Knapman

Rector, Dollar Academy (1215 pupils)

“The Trustees and Friends of Dollar Museum would like to express their support for the restoration and development of the Japanese Garden at Cowden. The Museum has always taken a great interest in Miss Christie and the Garden, having done much research and put on several related and very popular exhibitions. The work so far carried out on the Garden is most impressive and its full development so that it can be appreciated by the public is very important. I am constantly asked by visitors to Dollar Museum who see our current display on the Garden: ‘When will it be open? When can we go and see it?’”

Janet Carolan

Chair of Dollar Museum Trust and Hon. Curator, Dollar Museum