Scottish garden raises money for royal garden

Edinburgh's botanic garden is to create a memorial to the Queen Mother

Royalty’s not as popular as it was, so raising £1 million may be a tall order, but fundraisers are optimistic a bid to build a garden memorial for the Queen Mother will go ahead next year. The garden will be at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A statue placed in the garden and memorial wrought iron gates at Glamis Castle are also planned. Scottish architect Lachlan Stewart, who has previously worked at the Castle of Moy, is in charge of the project. The garden, which will be within the RBGE’s winter garden will be at least 10m by 10m. A fund representative said the target was “quite a realistic figure — not out there in the billions”. Patron of the trust fund is Prince Charles, who the representative said will not be contributing, as all cash will be from private donations “for a garden for the people and by the people”. The trust committee is chaired by the Queen Mother’s cousin, David Bowes-Lyon. - Donations may be made by credit or debit card through the fund’s website at

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