A new welcome to Painswick Rococo Garden

by Painswick Rococo Garden Trust in Stroud, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th September 2022 we successfully raised £19,179 ( + est. £3288.00 Gift Aid ) with 226 supporters in 49 days

Painswick Rococo Garden is losing the lease on the building it currently operates from and needs to raise £60,000 for a new home.

Project by Painswick Rococo Garden Trust

Why Painswick Rococo Garden needs your support...

Painswick Rococo Garden needs to raise £60,000 to fund a new home.

As a charity, we are facing a turbulent few months and need to raise £60,000 before the end of September to help us relocate our visitor facilities. The lease for the building that we currently operate from is coming to an end, leaving us with the enormous challenge of relocating on-site.  

This urgent Crowdfunder appeal has now been launched to enable us to create temporary facilities to operate from. These facilities will replace the current Coach House complex with an attractive new welcome area for visitors which will include a café, a seating area with views out to the Garden, toilets and a shop.

The Garden dates back to the early 1700s and is Britain’s only complete surviving example of a rococo garden open to the public. It is a well-known attraction, and we - the Garden’s team, staff and volunteers - are committed to ensuring that it remains open.

Painswick Rococo Garden expects to welcome 45,000 visitors this year from all over the world who come to relax and enjoy this special place. It is also a treasured spot for the team of over 70 committed volunteers who generously give their time to preserve the Garden’s heritage, protects its habitats and provide a welcoming place for the public to learn about its history and connect with nature.

Planning permission for a new purpose-built visitor centre had successfully been gained, but the ravages of the pandemic and funding challenges have rendered these plans unviable.

The goal is that we install facilities to keep the Garden open to the public. It’s an ambitious project but we are excited by this opportunity to provide our visitors with something new. Once complete, visitors will have a beautiful space to relax and enjoy this unique environment. Our plans are simple and in-keeping with the Garden’s setting. To make these plans a reality, we urgently need your help at this challenging time. £60,000 will enable us to deliver our plans and continue to provide a warm welcome to our wonderful visitors.

Whether you’re a member, or whether you just visit us from time to time to complete a family trail, see an open-air theatre performance or browse our art and sculpture exhibitions, you can help us make sure that Painswick Rococo Garden is here for many more generations to come. 

We hope that anyone who loves the Garden will support this campaign and help us at this challenging time.


Photo credits - Joab Smith, Mikal Ludlow


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

A little love for Rococo

Just a simple donation with your name listed (if you wish!) on our website as a thank you.

£12 or more

Read the fascinating history of the Garden

A thank you on our website and a free 80-page colour illustrated guidebook detailing the history of our 18th Century Garden when you next visit.

£20 or more

Enter a prize draw for outdoor theatre tickets

A thank you on our website, a free 80-page colour Guidebook detailing the history of our 18th Century Garden when you next visit, and entry to a prize draw for a chance to win 2 tickets to one of our 2023 outdoor theatre performances.

£20 or more

Autumn price fall

If you haven't visited us before or you've not been in a while, come and see us this Autumn to kick the leaves and see the Autumn colours. We're offering a discounted family ticket (two adults and up to four children) for £20. This ticket allows one day admission during public open hours in October and November 2022.

£25 or more

26 of 40 claimed

Picture this...

A thank you on our website and collect a signed, unframed A3 colour art print of the iconic Red House folly by Cotswold artist Rupert Aker when you next visit (or collect from our office if you're not visiting).

£28 or more

Spend a year with us

Join the Garden with a single annual membership. Membership provides unlimited free admission to the Garden for 12 months during public opening hours, regular newsletters, and exclusive members-only activities and events.

£50 or more

13 of 200 claimed

Exclusive historical group tour

One ticket to an exclusive historical group tour with one of our guides. To include free entry to the Garden a glass of wine at the end. Tours will take place in groups of 10 with various dates available.

£50 or more

Spend a year with us - for two

Join the Garden with a joint annual membership. Membership provides unlimited free admission to the Garden for 12 months during public opening hours, regular newsletters, and exclusive members-only activities and events.

£75 or more

4 of 6 claimed

Experience a Gardener's world

Shadow a gardener for three hours. Undertake seasonal tasks with our skilled Garden team and have the chance to ask as many questions as you like.

£125 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Lost and found...a fascinating tale of restoration

Our Garden Director can deliver a fascinating, illustrated talk on the history and restoration of our unique garden to groups of all shapes and sizes – from gardening clubs and U3A to schools and church groups. A 20% discount code for entry to the Garden will be offered to attendees of the talk. Please note this reward is only available within 50 miles of Painswick, and reasonable travel costs will be added to the price.

£150 or more

6 of 50 claimed

Adopt a vine

Adopt a vine in our newly-planted vineyard and receive a small plaque with your name or dedication for 5 years.

£400 or more

1 of 10 claimed

A personal tour with our Head Gardener

An exclusive Garden tour with our Head Gardener for your group of up to 20 people. To include free entry to the Garden, a glass of wine and a guidebook for each group member.

£500 or more

7 of 20 claimed

Sponsor a tree

Buy and sponsor a tree. Our Garden team will source a young tree to be planted between October and March to ensure good rooting. Your sponsorship will last 10 years and will include a tree planting ceremony and a small plaque.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Party in the Garden!

Exclusive use of the Garden, out-of-hours, for your private party. Use the Garden for four hours in the daytime or evening for your party or event when we're closed to the public. The hire will include event staff. Catering and other entertainment not included, and dates subject to availability.

£3,000 or more

0 of 6 claimed

Sponsor a folly and team-build with your staff

Sponsor one of our follies for a year with your business or company name displayed on a slate plaque, plus an optional team building volunteering day for up to 20 of your staff members.

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