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Logo GentianThe 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 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 for to make grants towards specific projects on request from the Gardens.

As a registered charity, the Society is bound by a written constitution and governed by a board of trustees (known as the Friends' Committee).  Members of the Friends of Ness Gardens have the ability to affect the governance of the Friends by voting at the Society's annual general meeting. An annual General members is heal when the activities and accounts of the Society are presented.

In addition to voting, members also have the following benefits.

  • 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
  • Free entry to Kew & Wakehurst Place, Oxford Botanic Gardens, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and the Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh and it's satellite gardens.
  • Free seeds from plants in the Gardens.
  • Members events exculsive to Friends, free events, talks and guided walks & discounted courses
  • Days out to other gardens on organised coach trips
  • The Friends' magazine, The Gentian, sent to you 3 times a year


Join us and support the Gardens

Find out more about the History of the Friends of Ness Gardens

Read the minutes of AGM and Annual Reports