The location of this garden feature, formerly a potato patch, was chosen after consultation with the house management in the summer of 2001. Ramon, from Spain, Myrta and Helen, were the Managers at the time. Preliminary work on the foundations in the form of a 6-foot diameter concrete base, was begun in the autumn of that year. Helen, a New Zealander who was in charge of the garden, reported that her spiritual guidance informed her that on an energetic level, such a structure would be of benefit to the garden. The house was always keen to encourage individual projects in the past – beginning with a rush of enthusiasm, only to fizzle out some time later, when the instigator, for whatever reason, become discouraged or, as inevitably happens, left the community.
Charles C’s intention was to peruse the project whenever he visited Newbold from the north of England, where he was then living. The stones used in building the ‘Stupa’ came from a variety of locations : in the surrounding forests, the beach, the garden itself and eventually from a working sandstone quarry a few miles south of Elgin. Collecting suitable materials took a long time, work was often interrupted by the weather, but the ‘Stupa’ was eventually completed over the course of the following two summers. It is about 12 feet in height. The House generously contributed to the costs in form of a donation. The simple landscaping in the immediate vicinity of the ‘Stupa’ including grassing and the planting of a protective hedge, was done with a tee-pee maker, woodsman and traveller, ‘Tree Paul’. He donated the various seedling trees which together form the crescent shaped border.
The ‘Stupa’ remains in our garden at Newbold decorated and studded with a variety of items; most of the crystals and fossils were found around the hills, mountains and seashores of Britain. Some were, however, donated by individuals. A small space was left in the ‘Stupa’ to accommodate a shallow box which holds a few items connected both with the house and world at large; photos of some of the house residents since the mid 1980s, as well as a few newspaper cuttings telling of some major national and world events of the time.
Why not come a see our ‘Stupa’ and the rest of our walled gardens at our garden taster events. http://newboldtrust.org/garden-tasters-2016/