AN URGENT APPEAL has been issued by a world famous tourist attraction near Stroud.
Painswick Rococo Garden has launched a crowdfunding appeal to raise the £60,000 it needs before the end of September.
The charity’s lease on the building which houses visitor facilities and from which it operates ends next month – leaving administrators with the
challenge of moving to a new area on site.
Planning permission for a new purpose-built visitor center was granted in 2019, but the pandemic and funding issues mean the program is no longer viable.
As part of the latest project, new facilities would replace the current shed complex with an attractive new visitor reception area that would include a café, garden-view seating area, restrooms and shop.
The garden dates back to the early 1700s and is the only complete example of a Rococo garden open to the public in Britain.
The staff expects to welcome 45,000 visitors from around the world this year.
Garden manager Dominic Hamilton said: “This urgent appeal from Crowdfunder has been made to enable us to create temporary facilities from which to operate.
“It’s an ambitious project, but we’re excited about the opportunity to offer something new to our visitors.
“Once completed, visitors will have a beautiful space to relax and enjoy this unique environment.
“Our plans are simple and in harmony with the setting of the garden.
“To bring these plans to fruition, we urgently need your help at this difficult time.
“£60,000 will enable us to carry out our plans and continue to warmly welcome our wonderful visitors.”
The garden relies on a team of more than 70 volunteers.
“They volunteer their time to preserve the garden’s heritage, protect its habitats and provide a welcoming place for the public to learn about its history and connect with nature,” Hamilton said.
“The goal is for us to install facilities to keep the garden open to the public.
“Whether you are a member, or visit us once in a while to complete a family journey, attend an outdoor theater performance, or browse our art and sculpture exhibits, you can help us ensure that the garden will be there for many generations to come.
“We hope everyone who loves the garden will support this campaign.”
Almost £10,000 has been raised so far.
Visit the Crowdfunder page on bit.ly/3vBYJ88