THE JAPANESE GARDEN AT COWDEN CASTLE

Jura Consultants have worked for several years with a new Trust, formed to restore the Japanese Garden at Cowden Castle in Clackmannanshire. The garden was first commissioned by the explorer Ella Christie in 1908, was created by Taki Handa, the only woman credited with designing such a garden, and was described as “the most important Japanese Garden in the Western world”. Destroyed by vandals in 1963, it was almost lost forever until a careful restoration project began in 2013. The garden was opened to visitors in 2018 as a restoration in progress and has already become a popular and well visited attraction. Work completed by the consultant team includes project definition and development, a five year business plan, a grant application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and funder specific advice, liaison and support to other team members in the wider fundraising initiatives. The grant application is for a project that includes the reinstatement of the original Tea House, as well as pathworks, lighting, craftsmanship training projects, staffing, interpretation and education, audience development and outreach events.