Corsock House Gardens 70th Platinum Jubilee
Opening for charity for 70th time
Corsock House Gardens opened on Sunday 29 May from 2-5pm and if you missed it, the garden is also open by arrangement until 30 June (follow link for contact details).
Admission: £5.00, children free
Raising money for: Scotland’s Garden Scheme and it’s beneficiaries: Maggie’s, Perennial and The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland, and Corsock and Kirkpatrick Durham Church of Scotland.
The garden is partially wheelchair accessible; dogs on leads are welcome. Delicious homemade teas provided by the ladies of Corsock and Kirkpatrick Durham Church will be served this year and some locally grown plants will be for sale.
Directions: To get to Corsock House take turning for Corsock off A75. Dumfries is 14 miles, Castle Douglas is 10 miles. Corsock Village is 1/2 mile on A712.
Corsock House is celebrating its own platinum jubilee this year as it opens for charity for the 70th time. This incredible achievement by the Ingall family has raised £28,440 for charity since 2014 alone, and provided enormous pleasure for the many visitors to this stunning and notable garden over the years.
Designed landscape of Corsock House Garden includes a walled garden, richly planted woodlands full of different vistas, beautiful water features and extensive lawns showing off the Bryce baronial mansion. There are many interesting architectural features and sculptures, including the ornamental bridge, trellis temple, Ionic Temple, Ice House, Doric Temple and sculpture benches.
Sadly, the woodland was badly damaged by Storm Arwen at the end of November 2021. Many wonderful mature specimens came down as did hundreds of more recent plantings. Luckily, the water gardens and walled garden remained untouched. All the drives, especially the front drive, were badly blocked and the drive to the loch and the glade were impassable for quite a time.
Fortunately, Corsock is in the care of a wonderful team consisting of their forester Paul Durnan, and gardeners Jim Laurie and Jamie Lawrie who have worked tirelessly and cleared almost of all of the garden with only the outer woods still requiring attention.
Those familiar with Corsock garden will appreciate the huge effort the clear up has taken and will be interested and amazed to see how the garden now looks. Corsock is known for its species Rhododendrons, in particular R. lacteum and R sutchuenense. The collection is currently providing a wonderful display of flowers and as ever is well worth a visit.
The Ingall family are not daunted by the restoration now required and will continue to lavish their attention on the gardens which they invite us to share again on Sunday.