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12 Apr 2019

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A row of terraced cottages stands at the edge of a street. The end two cottages are painted white, in contrast to the exposed brickwork of others in the row. The end cottage has a lantern-style light fixed at first-floor level.
We’re celebrating one of our best-loved storytellers, J M Barrie, with the installation of a new sculpture at the house where he was born.

One of Scotland’s most successful authors, J M Barrie, began his life in a humble house in Kirriemuir. Today, the Trust is proud to play its part in protecting this important place, which is said to have inspired his best-known story, Peter Pan.

To celebrate this contribution to our culture, we’ve been revamping the garden at J M Barrie’s Birthplace. And we’re capturing the magic of that renowned tale with an unusual hook – a life-size sculpture of reptilian rascal Tick Tock the crocodile.

A large and realistic sculpture of a crocodile stands on a green wooden platform, cut to a similar shape. It is photographed against a plain grey background.
The sculpture of Tick Tock has been installed in the garden.

The scale model of Tick Tock, the popular crocodile who infamously took Captain Hook’s hand, is crafted entirely from driftwood by international sculptor James Dorran-Webb and will also make the ticking-clock noise that has made the character memorable for generations.

The centrepiece will stand surrounded by jungle-style plant life and pirate-themed installations, giving a swashbuckling vibe for adventure seekers looking for a fun family day out.

“J M Barrie is one of Scotland’s most creative storytellers and it’s hugely important that we continue to tell the tale behind the writer. We’re thrilled to reveal this celebratory garden which reflects the magic that his work is known for.”
Chris Wardle, Gardens & Designed Landscapes Manager for the North East

Following the installation of Tick Tock the crocodile, were also working with the local community to keep the magic growing. Volunteers can help sow the seeds for the rest of the Neverland garden project, with the official opening at Kirriemuir being set for later in 2019.

The National Trust for Scotland works every day to protect Scotland’s national and natural treasures. From coastlines to castles, art to architecture, wildlife to wilderness, we protect all of this For the Love of Scotland.

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