Help us restore the Pavilion and return the heart to the centre of Sir Walter Scott’s Gardens
To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Sir Walter Scott, we want to restore Scott's Pavilion and bring a fresh lease of life to one of Abbotsford’s most historically significant buildings.
Can you help us raise the £100,000 we need to restore Sir Walter Scott’s Pavilion to its former glory?
The Pavilion: Based within Abbotsford’s Regency Gardens, the Pavilion was designed by Sir Walter Scott and built by John Smith of Darnick as part of Abbotsford’s kitchen/fruit garden. It is a Category A listed building of national interest and one of very few examples of this style to remain, and was also one of the last Scott-era structures built at Abbotsford (circa 1824-25). The Pavilion is located against a heated wall, and the Furnace House is the lean-to roofed building on the other side of the wall. A boiler originally sent warm air through channels within the wall to create the right heat levels to protect tender plants growing against it.
To restore the Pavilion, we need to:
- Re-build the roof. Timbers will be repaired and re-used whenever possible, and glass reinstated in the same positions
- Introduce guttering to safely distribute rainwater and protect timbers vulnerable to rot
- Repair the Pavilion’s glazing. The current mix of original and replacement glass will be retained
- Repair damaged stonework. The stone will be conserved and fixed back together to ensure that as much as possible of the original stone stays in place.
- Sandstone shield motifs originally lined the outside of the Pavilion. These will be reinstated to their original positions
- The Furnace House roof will be repaired, and a stable door fitted so that the upper part can be left open
- Improve access by lowering the internal floors so there is less of a step at the front door. A short ramp will also be provided
What will the restored Pavilion be used for?
In Scott’s day, the Pavilion was a heated outdoor room and was likely to have displayed rare and exotic plants. But Scott also intended the Pavilion to be a retreat, in which to sit and enjoy views of the garden in a warm and sheltered environment. Sir Walter Scott was a man ahead of his time in so many ways, and not least in his understanding of the intrinsic link between improved mental health and the outdoor world. In his writings, Scott repeatedly refers to the development and well-being of people mirroring that of trees and plants, both needing on-going nurture, protection and nourishment. Scott was no stranger to depression himself, and reflected in his Journal:
Fighting with this fiend is not always the best way to conquer him – I have always found exercise and the open air better than reasoning.
The pandemic has thrown a spotlight onto how essential social interaction is to keeping isolation and loneliness at bay and the vital importance of mental health to our overall well-being. As a lasting monument to the 250th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott, we want to restore the Pavilion and create within it a dedicated space for well-being.
The restored Pavilion will offer visitors:
- A place for creative practice, whether writing, sketching, painting, meditating or composing
- Shelter from the elements and a chance to rest and reflect
- A flexible indoor/outdoor space for small groups to use
- The opportunity to listen to excerpts from Scott’s poetry and fiction centred on gardens and a love of plants
- An illuminated and beautiful setting for events in the garden
- A small library of information about the garden and its highlights
We plan to fill the Pavilion with historically appropriate plants that are exotics or too tender to be cultivated outside, such as oleanders, lily of the valley and hibiscus, as well as fruits such as peaches, figs and vines. With your help, the revitalised Pavilion will once again be at the heart of the Gardens as Scott intended.
Restoring the Pavilion and creating a new space dedicated to well-being is the perfect way to celebrate Scott’s visionary thinking in this, his 250th anniversary year. Can you help us raise the further £100,000 we need to restore Sir Walter Scott’s Pavilion to its former glory?
How to make a donation:
Online: Simply click on the big red DONATE button at the top of this page.
By text* (SMS):
- To donate £3, text SCOTT255 to 70331
- To donate £5, text SCOTT255 to 70970
- To donate £10, text SCOTT255 to 70191
By Cheque: Please make cheques payable to The Abbotsford Trust and post to: Abbotsford, Melrose, Roxburghshire TD6 9BQ
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US taxpayers: US taxpayers can use our Affiliate Fund with Chapel and York's US Foundation to make a tax-efficient donation. All donations made this way are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. To donate online, please go to https://www.chapel-yorkfoundation.org/donate/ and choose "The Abbotsford Trust" from the "Select a fund holder" drop down menu. For further information, please e-mail Katy Jackson, Development Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support towards the restoration of the Pavilion, it is very much appreciated. As Sir Walter Scott said:
Yet to save Abbotsford I would attempt all that was possible. My heart clings to the place I have created. There is scarce a tree on it that does not owe its being to me.
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