COVID19 - Digital Appeal
Last year the Cockadoodledo Trust was able to donate a total of £10,000 to four of our local hospices. As you may know, due to the COVID19 pandemic, the hospices have had to close all their shops and cancel their fundraising events. This situation presents them with a dire cash-flow problem. We have had to cancel the week of 'Sculptures in the Garden' and all other group visits so this drastically limits our ability to support the hospices.
What can we do? Well the spring garden has never looked better and next year we will plan to open in the spring as well as summer. However the hospices need help now. So we will post regular photos/videos on the website, and on social media to try and brighten your day during lockdown and we hope that they might encourage you to give a little to Katherine's Cockadoodledo Trust by clicking on this donate link (or by other means) so that we can help all the Hospices. You can be reassured that though you may be in lockdown, we are still letting the chickens out!
Hello to you all.. What strange times.. We were unable to open the garden at all in 2020 and had to cancel a number of events.. That remains the situation today.. As soon as it is possible we will open the garden even if only for a walk around without the Cream Teas! So do keep an eye on the website and social media. We have continued to make changes in the garden and planted more roses, shrubs and trees. The Hospices are very short of funds so if you are able to donate something however small it will be enormously welcome.. Keep safe.and Happy Gardening. Richard Meyer
Thank you so much and stay safe.
Welcome to BOWDENS Customers
A big welcome to any Bowdens’ customers who are visiting the Cockadoodledo website. Tim and Ruth Penrose at Bowdens have been wonderful supporters of the charity. Certainly the Stumpery with all its Ferns and Hostas was very much inspired both by HRH Prince Charles’ stumpery and the wide range of excellent plants available at Bowdens. We will be planting more of both around the wood this spring.
Do please explore the many photos on the website or social media through Facebook and Instagram. We will keep everyone posted when we are able to open the garden again (hopefully later this year).
The Hospices which we support have some very serious funding issues with most of their fundraising activities cancelled and their shops closed so any donations you were able to make, would be very very welcome... Happy Gardening
The Cockadoodledo Trustees
The Cock-a-Doodle-DO! Trust
The main objective of the Cock a Doodle Do Trust is to create a greater awareness of the wonderful work carried out by some 230 Hospices around the United Kingdom and thereby maximise fundraising to help with the £800 million that it costs to run them.
A Chicken House fit for a Prince
One of the ways in which the trust works is to raise money by way of a charity garden formed in a secluded woodland glade in Gloucestershire. This will be home to a number of rare poultry breeds, housed in a copy of HRH the Prince of Wales' chicken house at Highgrove.
The intention is that in the long term the garden can be used to raise funds through charity activities and artistic retreats, as well as hopefully provide a place of reflection for everyone who knew Katherine and loved her... but this is just part of the story....
Prior to her passing Katherine said that St Peter's manage to make the hospice feel like a five star hotel and that the staff are simply wonderful, each and every one of them, and that she would like to leave the Hospice something in her will and help them in some way.
So an idea was born... By combining her passions, we are looking to create a charity garden and rare breed poultry centre as part of Katherine's desire to raise money for St Peter's and the wider hospice movement: so the Cock a Doodle do Trust was inaugurated.
Social: what's been hatching?