Friends of the Garden

Who are the Friends of the Garden?

The Association of Friends of the University of Bristol Botanic Garden was founded in 1975 to support the work and development of the Botanic Garden. Read the Friends’ constitution.

A vital aspect of the Friends’ role is to stimulate interest in the Garden through a variety of events and activities.

Income generated by the Friends is used to invest in new projects and make a major contribution towards the upkeep of the Garden.

Many Friends also support the work of the Garden by becoming directly involved as volunteers.

The aims of the Friends

  • To give support to and further the development of the Garden and its educational role.
  • To promote interest in botany and horticulture.
  • To provide a meeting ground for persons with these interests.
  • To give members the opportunity to see and learn about plants grown within the Garden.

Members of the Friends of the Garden get free entry to the Garden and exclusive events. Find out about our membership options.

Friends’ Annual General Meeting 

Our AGM which was due to take place in March 2020 was a victim of the early stages of the Covid-19 lockdown but the accounts for the financial year ending 31 December 2019 are now available here.  It has been submitted to the Charity Commission who have confirmed that in the exceptional circumstances of the pandemic in 2020 it is acceptable for no AGM to be held. The committee who were due for re-election are continuing to serve for an extended period in order to maintain the continuity required in the best interests of the association.

In 2021 due to the continuing restrictions it will again not be possible to hold the AGM, which would have been scheduled for March. The accounts and reports for the financial year ending 31 December 2020 are being sent to members with the spring newsletter and a virtual AGM will be held shortly after, details of which will be circulated by the regular enews.

Any queries regarding the accounts should be submitted to the committee:

Chairman:                           Pat Davie   

Treasurer:                           Paul Mugford

Membership Secretary    Sue Beech  

Fundraising and events

The Friends of the Garden have organised a wide variety of events to raise funds for the Botanic Garden.

In the past these have included:

  • art exhibitions
  • music concerts
  • wine-tasting evenings
  • adopt-a-plant programmes
  • barbeques
  • visits to magnificent public gardens e.g. Kew and Wisley

Friends have also opened their own private gardens with plant sales and refreshments provided by volunteers.  Some recipes for cakes made by volunteers for these open gardens together with others which were taken into the Garden for the hard-working staff and garden volunteers were compiled into a very successful cookbook.