IHF in his own words

'Could you tell me what you could afford to pay, and I will work within that limit.' IHF in a letter to Paul Brown about postcards, November 1972

Visitor comment

'However I finally visited Little Sparta - after 20 years of wanting to go. I was warmly welcomed and had lots explained to me and then miraculously I had the place to myself on one of the most beautiful afternoons I have ever spent - quite alone and soaking up the bucolic atmosphere ' Visitor to Little Sparta, August 2019

Grateful thanks....

... to our supporters so far in 2020: Penny Mason, Bill Zachs, Theresa Froelich, Stephen Bann, John Purser, Margherita Muller, Gabriele Kuhn, Sheila Mackie, Alistair Peebles, Alison Hardie, Tom Scott, Allan Pollock-Morris Ltd, Sylvia Thompson, Anne Roberts, David Rae, Eileen Hogan, Greville Worthington, Brenda Rowan, Hugh Andrew, Frank Williams, Michael Klein, Nick Serota...

Thank you this year to...

... Margaret Omberg, Helen Harris, Grant Gordon, Valerie Fiddes, Ian Baillie, Rosemary Gold, Elizabeth Guest, Kit Campbell, Deirdre McClure, Carolyn Ashton, Ewan McLachlan, Rosemary Rennie, Isobel Hunter, David Gerrard, Robert Hunter, RM Seviour, Julia Ling, Helen McDonald, Lyn Pulford, Annie Farley Kajowska, Susan Davis, Diana Sykes, MM Holden, Simon Brimble, Ann Alderson, ...

Thank you this year to...

... Katharine Melville, CA Knott, George McNaught, Maryl Appleton, Robert Trapnell, Philip Sweeting, Charles Strang, Sarah Hynd, Patricia Maclaurin, John Thomson, Nancy Austin, Sarah Byrom, CBK Clark, A&C Aitken, Anne Sturrock, CD Leeming, Linda Burrows, Kate Fanning, Donald Morrison.

Support Us


The Little Sparta Trust is a Scottish registered charity. We aim to maintain and preserve Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden and to share this unique artwork’s cultural significance further with audiences around the world.

To do this, we are reliant on the generosity of individuals, trusts and foundations. All donations, large or small, are welcomed and will be used only to protect and conserve Little Sparta.

You can donate to The Little Sparta Trust via CAF Donate. This is especially useful if you want to donate using a credit card or if you want to add Gift Aid to your donation.

Donating from the USA

US residents can make tax deductible donations to The Little Sparta Trust via the British Schools and Universities Foundation. If you wish to send a donation, please view and print this US Donations Form for further details and a form for inclusion with your cheque. If you want to donate by credit card or by Paypal, the US Credit Card Donations Form has instructions and payment details.

Donating by cheque

If you are a UK tax payer, please print and complete the Gift Aid declaration form and send it with your cheque to the address below.


Donating by bank transfer

Please email our administrator to obtain our bank account details and a gift aid form.


Volunteering at Little Sparta

Volunteers are welcome at Little Sparta and are vital to our future development. We wish to appoint individuals to support front of house and visitor services activity and promise an enjoyable and rewarding experience with the opportunity to learn more about the work of Ian Hamilton Finlay and his garden.

We will provide training and offer our volunteers a free admission credit for every session worked. You could either bring a friend with you each time, or save them up for a group outing. For further information on volunteering, please email us.


Thank you

The Little Sparta Trust would like to thank all the individuals, trusts and charitable foundations whose generosity has been and continues to be vital to the future upkeep of the garden and its contents.

Creative Scotland
The Barcapel Foundation
The Binks Trust
The Bridge Awards
The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The Charities Aid Foundation America
The Doric Charitable Trust
The Dunard Fund
The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The Finnis Scott Foundation
The Foyle Foundation
The Henry Moore Foundation
The Monument Trust
The Mushroom Trust
The Portrack Charitable Trust
The Ronnie Duncan Art Foundation
The Rootstein Hopkins Foundation
The Rothschild Foundation
The Samuel Storey Family Charitable Trust
The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
The Stuart Heath Charitable Trust