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