Lady Dalhousie takes on Patron role

University of Dundee Botanic Garden, Scotland. Eddie Kemp Pavilion

University of Dundee Botanic Garden, Scotland. Eddie Kemp Pavilion

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Lady Dalhousie has agreed to become the Patron of the Dundee Botanic Garden Endowment Trust.

The trust was formed last year, with the commitment to raise £3 million to assist and support the University of Dundee’s Botanic Garden.

Speaking on her new role, Lady Dalhousie said: “I am delighted to be involved with the Endowment Trust, which will help secure the future of this wonderful asset for Dundee.

“The Botanic Garden is a treasure and one of the finest examples of a large-scale garden to be found in Scotland.

“The income generated by the Endowment Trust will contribute and support the development, enhancement and annual running costs of the Botanic Garden. The Trust will also help inspire community involvement in the garden, with a regular programme of public events.”

The Trust envisages the Dundee Botanic Garden as a place which reflects excellence, beauty and inspiration and provides a venue for pleasure and relaxation. It conserves and protects the natural world for the benefit of future generations and transforms the visitor experience into one of discovery and education.

The University’s Botanic Garden was founded in 1971 as a place where science, education and conservation could take centre stage, as well as providing a garden for the entire community of Dundee.

The Dundee Botanic Garden Endowment Trust was formed to assist and support the Garden as it continues to create a vital centre of knowledge and appreciation of plant life. Set in 21 acres in the west end of Dundee, the Garden includes large tropical and temperate glasshouses and an outstanding range of plant life.

The Endowment Trust aims to provide an alternative funding source which will benefit the public by:

Investing in the economic sustainability and future of the Garden.

Inspiring community involvement through the development of activities to promote engagement.

Building financial assets and resources to support Garden operations and development.

Educating and promoting health and wellbeing in the wider Dundee community.

It will also support the Garden’s work in promoting Environmental conservation and protection; Architecture, design and the arts; Health and wellbeing; and education in the fields of biomedical and physical science, plant science, horticulture, arboriculture, silviculture, medicine, engineering and the environment.

The Botanic Garden is operated by the University, which will continue to provide direct support to its activities.

For further information on how you can support the Dundee Botanic Garden Endowment Trust please contact Gordon Ramsay, Trust Development Officer on 01382 381136 or by email at g.w.ramsay@dundee.ac.uk