Cove’s Linn Botanic Gardens is opening for a limited time only as part of a fundraiser collecting cash for refugees.

The garden will raise money for the Scottish Refugee Council via charity initiative Scotland’s Gardens Scheme when it opens on the weekends of August 19 and 20, and August 26 and 27, from 10am to 4pm.

Entry costs £5 per adult – as children go free - with 60 per cent of proceeds going toward the charity.

With the garden being closed for four years and currently undergoing repairs, the event will be an opportunity to preview the work undertaken in the grounds.

A representative said: “Linn Botanic Gardens is opening for charity with Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, supporting the Scottish Refugee Council.

“The garden is open on selected dates and will be an opportunity to see the restoration work being undertaken in the garden.

“You are invited to explore what has been restored and to discuss the plans to complete the repair work and then further develop the garden in the future, but please do bear in mind that it is a long way from being the finished article just yet.”

Children must be supervised at all times and visitors are asked to note there is no parking in the garden and that cars should be left at the picnic area.

Public transport users can take the 316 bus to Coulport from Colquhoun Square in Helensburgh to the garden.

The garden has no wheelchair access and the grounds are not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads, and sturdy shoes are advised.

The grounds are still undergoing maintenance as they were left in disrepair for two years - between 2019 and 2021 - after the original owners passed away.

Booking is essential and can be done by visiting: