RSA President to exhibit at Baddinsgill Garden

Renowned sculptor and President of the Royal Scottish Academy Professor Bill Scott is to exhibit at Baddinsgill Garden, near West Linton, on May 30 to help raise money for Oxfam.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Sculpture in Nature’, will feature work by Professor Scott and nine other artists from the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, of which Professor Scott is the Chair.

The other exhibiting sculptors will be: Aeneas Wilder, Andrea Geile (who is also exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show), Anna Perch-Nielsen, Duncan Robertson, Emma Herman-Smith, Fiona Maher, Gordon Munroe, Ian Scott and Val Ferguson.

Baddinsgill is holding the exhibition as part of the Scotland’s Garden Scheme, which organises the opening of private gardens to members of the public throughout the year.

As part of the scheme, participating gardens nominate a charity of their choice to receive 40 percent of the money raised on the day.

Baddinsgill has chosen Oxfam this year, and the money raised will go towards the Mongu Water Project in Zambia which aims to provide clean drinking water for the thousands of people who do not have access to a safe water source.

Almost 90 percent of Zambia’s population live on less than $2 a day and in some parts over three quarters have to drink, wash and cook with dirty water. Combined with the fact that many people are also frequently affected by flooding, this makes them extremely vulnerable to water-borne diseases.

The Mongu Water Project has been set up to provide water, sanitation and hygiene services to some of those who are worst affected, and aims this year to improve the health of over 46,000 people.

With the project, Oxfam’s approach is not simply to install toilets and wells. The organisation works with the local people to provide them with the skills to build and repair the facilities themselves. Oxfam also provides hygiene education so that the local people can make positive changes to improve their own health and that of their families.

Elaine Marshall, of Baddinsgill Garden, said:

“Taking part in the Scotland’s Garden Scheme is always a delight, but this year I am really pleased because the money we raise by taking part will be going towards the Mongu Water Project in Zambia.

“Bill Scott has very kindly agreed to organise the sculpture exhibition we are hosting so I hope that, as well as the regular garden visitors we get, this might encourage a few more people to come and have a look round.

“The Mongu Water Project has already made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people in Zambia, and I really hope we can make a significant contribution to the project so that even more people have access to clean, safe water.”

Annie Lewis, Oxfam Scotland Fundraising Manager, said:

“We are thrilled that Badinsgill Garden has chosen to support Oxfam’s work in Zambia for this year’s Scotland’s Garden Scheme.

“They will be making a significant contribution towards the Mongu Water Project in Zambia where Oxfam has been working with local partners to construct latrines and safe water points for local communities, as well as to provide hygiene education, so everyone who comes to Badinsgill on the 30th of May will be helping to improve the health of thousands of people and will really make a lasting difference to their quality of life.”

Baddinsgill will be open from 12.30pm-5.00pm on Sunday May 30.

As well as the sculpture exhibition and gardens to explore, there will also be home-reared highland beef steak sandwiches for sale, home made teas, and a plant sale.

Tickets cost £3.50 (children get in free) and 40 percent goes to the Mongu Water Project in Zambia with the rest being distributed amongst Scottish Gardens Scheme beneficiaries.

Anyone who is interested in supporting the Mongu Water Project further or who would like more information can contact Annie Lewis, Oxfam Scotland Fundraising Manager, on 0141 285 8873 or by email at alewis@oxfam.org.uk

For more on Baddinsgill Garden go to www.gardensofscotland.org

For more on the Mongu Water Project go to www.oxfam.org.uk/oxfam_in_action

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