Visitor's Book 2017

'An ambition fulfilled after 25 years, and I'm not disappointed!' Visitor to Little Sparta, August 2017


Visitor's Book 2017

'What a marvellous garden, so many surprises... just fabulous.' Visitor to Little Sparta, September 2017

Artworks Restoration

In 2017 we raised funds to have the new stile inscribed 'STILE n. an escalation of the footpath.' Our grateful thanks go to six donors who supported this project: Fionn Petch, Fiona Mactaggart, David Jarman, James Buchan, and Edith & Ken Ryan.

Donor comment

'Congratulations, on all the developments'. Eileen Hogan, Little Sparta Supporter

Donor comment

'I visited on your last day in September 2016... Thanks for a warm welcome that day and kindness shown.' Julie Hoey, Little Sparta Supporter

Support Us

The Little Sparta Trust is a charity. It aims 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. 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 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.

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 contact Laura Robertson.

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 Bridge Awards

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
The Charities Aid Foundation America
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 Samuel Storey Family Charitable Trust
The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust
The Rothschild Foundation
The Binks Trust
The Stuart Heath Charitable Trust