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 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
- 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 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
- Members' events exculsive to Friends,
free events, talks and guided walks and discounted
- Days out to other gardens on organised
- 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
Join us and
support the Gardens
out more about the History of the Friends of Ness Gardens
minutes of AGM and Annual Reports,