Help Restore the Historic Landscape at Burns Cottage

Burns Cottage Garden

“The snawdrap and primrose our woodlands adorn, 
And violets bathe in the weet o’ the morn.”

Robert Burns, 1794

Burns Cottage

Set among nearly 10 acres of beautiful Ayrshire countryside, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway celebrates the life and work of Scotland’s greatest poet. William Burnes (that’s Rabbie’s father) dreamed of creating a market garden on the land surrounding the cottage where his son was born. While his “New Gardens” project never came to fruition, today – over 250 years later – the National Trust for Scotland is working to implement some of his ideas.

New raised planters

Phase I of the project, funded by the Foundation in 2017, has been complete and the area now boasts a pond, improved drainage, a footpath network, a series of raised beds, and an orchard with rare Scots varieties of apples.

Apple Orchard

Phase II of the project includes; improving woodland paths, creating habitats for wildlife, installing additional raised vegetable beds, planting the meadow with native species, and developing areas for outdoor learning.

Once complete, the project will improve the environment for the benefit of the local Ayrshire community and encourage conservation action at a local level, while being an interesting addition for visitors to Burns Cottage.

An anonymous American donor has pledged to match all contributions to the project, dollar for dollar, up to $30,000!
Together, your gifts will fully fund the restoration of the historic landscape at Burns Cottage.
Please join us in making William Burnes’ dreams a reality.


Contact Details

45 School Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108

Telephone: 617-227-7500
Fax: 617-227-4200