Glenfinart Walled Garden, Ardentinny – A gift for Cowal !

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Two years to the day when two members of Ardentinny Community Council raised the possibility of buying the derelict, hidden walled garden of the old Glenfinart estate, the community has achieved just this. On 28th March this year the title deeds were handed over to Ardentinny Community Trust (ACT) This was just in time for ACT to provide some children’s activities at the Forestry Commission’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza, including the opportunity for children to hang wishes on two apple and two pear trees which will be planted in the garden. Dennis Gower, convener, said “we want to thank all the individuals and organisations who have made the villagers’ wish come true. Special thanks must go to Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Awards for All who have put their faith in us. What we have realised on the way is that this secret garden is welcomed by many people and organisations as a gift for Cowal adding to hope and optimism for the future. We believe people of all ages will benefit from its restoration and use.“

ACT is having an Open Day and Celebration on Saturday 5th May, beginning at 2p.m. including visits to the garden, information, teas and homebaking. A last word from Anna Williamson, Secretary of ACT “We hope everyone will come with their suggestions and wishes as we go forward to the next stage of work to provide a garden of which Cowal people can be proud.”

Merle Ferguson.

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