The Friends of Ness
Gardens was established in the autumn of 1962 to support
the work of the Ness Botanic Gardens (NBG) with an initial 114
Friends recruited. The current list of
Friends shows that we still have two subscriptions with a
joining date of 1 January 1963 - an amazing unbroken record of
continuous membership of the Society since its establishment.
Today, the Friends are a registered Charity (No:
511294) with over 5300 individual members, still with the sole
aim of supporting NBG. The society does this
primarily in two ways.
- 80% of members subscription income is gifted directly to NBG to
support its day-to-day maintenance and development costs.
- The remaining 20% is used to make grants towards specific
projects on request from the Gardens plus additional
legacies and donations.
As a registered Charity, the Society is bound by a written
constitution and governed by a board of Trustees (known as the
Friends' Committee). An Annual General
Members' meeting is held when the activities and accounts
of the Society are presented.
In addition to voting, members also have the following
- Free entry to the Gardens (during advertised
opening times) including after hours until
dusk and over the Christmas Holidays when the
Gardens are closed to the general public. NB: The
Gardens are closed on Tuesdays. The Garden Kitchen, gift shop
and plant store are open, as normal.
- Free entry to Kew & Wakehurst Place,
Oxford Botanic Gardens, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and the Royal
Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and its satellite gardens.
- Free seeds from plants in the Gardens.
- Members events exculsive to Friends, free
events, talks and guided walks and discounted courses
- Days out to other gardens on organised
- The Friends' magazine, The
Gentian, sent to you 3 times a year
Join us and
support the Gardens
out more about the History of the Friends of Ness Gardens
minutes of AGM and Annual Reports