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About us

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.  

Today, the Friends of Ness Gardens is a registered Charity (No: 511294) with over 6,000 individual members, still with the sole aim of supporting the Gardens.  The Society does this primarily in two ways.

  • 80% of subscription income is gifted directly to NBG to support its day-to-day maintenance and development costs.
  • The remaining 20% is used by Trustees to make grants towards specific projects on request from the Gardens enhanced with income from 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 meeting is held when the activities and accounts of the Society are presented.

Members have the following benefits:

  • Free entry to the Gardens during public opening times, after hours until dusk (March-October only) and on selected days during the Christmas holidays.
  • Free entry to Kew & Wakehurst Place, Oxford Botanic Gardens, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh and its satellite gardens (entry requirements vary, please see venue's own website for details).
  • Members' events exculsive to Friends, free events, talks and guided walks and discounted courses.
  • Days out to other gardens on organised coach trips.
  • The Gentian magazine, the magazine for Friends sent to you 3 times a year, plus E-newsletter updates.
  • Free seeds from plants in the Gardens.
  • 10% discount in Cafe (on production of a membership card).
  • 10% discount in Premier Plants, Ledsham



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,