Garden of Time

As part of the University of Stirling’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the University is redeveloping an existing garden. The Garden of Time is located to the east of the campus, nestled under the Witches Craig and looking up at the Ochils, and with spectacular views of Airthrey Castle and the Wallace Monument.

The Garden is a place where nature meets art and where students, alumni, staff and friends can celebrate a special memory, anniversary or achievement, or recognise or remember a loved one by a donation to the University that will be marked in the garden with a tree, Caithness path-stone or sculpture. 


Be part of the garden







As part of phase 1, we are able to offer a lime tree, an engraved Caithness path-stone or sculpture.  

All personal stories and images will be added to an online book of benefactions on a specially created memories web page. Our aim is to allow our descendants to read about the people who also loved and were inspired by the garden.  


Engraved path stones 


There will be a path leading off the main gravel path, which will be made of large Caithness path-stones. Each of these stones has been designed by local designers from Bridge of Allan and will be engraved to convey the themes of the Garden. Donors are invited to adopt one of these stones and have a name engraved. 




engraved path stone




For phase 1, the Art Collection Curators invite you to support the acquisition of sculptures specially selected to compliment the ethos of the garden and fit within the Art Collection's Collecting Policy. Sculptures chosen so far include:

Andrea Geile's outdoor sculptures which are made from Corten steel, often grouped with real plants and related directly to the site and environment. They are subtle interventions which merge into the landscape and are often only visible on closer inspection. 





Helen Denerley is one of the UK's leading Wildlife artists and is best known for her scrap metal animals. She has large work in many public places, including Edinburgh's 'Dreaming Spires' Giraffes at the top of Leith Walk. 




Deer sculptures



Donors are invited to adopt a lime tree which will form part of the original avenue of trees leading to Airthrey Castle. The first phase of planting is in line with the themes from Thomas White's landscape masterplan.

Each tree with have an engraved stainless steel leaf plaque engraved with a name. These are hand designed and crafted by local Blacksmiths and each leaf is unique. 

History of the Garden

Landscape designer Thomas White laid out the landscape for Airthrey Castle and Estate in the late-18th century for the then owner, Thomas Haldane. This was the era when garden design was moving away from the expense of maintaining large formal gardens and adopting a less formal approach of parklands and rough planting. 

When the University was established in 1967, the landscape of the Airthrey Estate was respectfully redeveloped to include the teaching and residential buildings. 

In 1986, Anthony, Lord Cochrane of Cults, sought the help of the University to create a tribute to his mother who loved beautiful gardens and peaceful places. Under the leadership of Principal John Forty, the University allocated an area of land for a Gardeners' Garden. It was John's wife Blanche's commitment and love of the garden that ensured that Lord Cochrane's generous donation enabled the University gardeners to lay out a calm and beautiful place within the landscape. 



For the anniversary year, the University worked with landscape architects Ian White Associates to regenerate the Garden, an inspirational place where memories can be left. The refreshed design uses the avenue of lime trees as a boundary at the western edge and the existing labyrinth as a focus in the east. The Garden will include wildflower planting, earth works and water feature. The original stone entrance pillars from the Airthrey Estate have been restored and provide both a gateway and informal seating. 

Contact Natalie Sweeney Directorate for Advancement
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