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People’s Postcode Lottery Charity of the Week

To mark 2016 National Gardening Week, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is hosting a Spring Festival as People’s Postcode Lottery’s national Charity of the Week. Players of People’s Postcode Lottery have awarded an amazing £450,000 to RBGE for 2016, supporting projects at home and abroad.

Pandas eat more than shoots and leaves

The UK's only two giant pandas, based at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, are providing their support – and poo - to scientists at RBGE who aim to improve conservation in the wild through better understanding of exactly what members of this iconic species eat.

Appointment of Trustees to the Board of RBGE

Scottish Ministers are looking to fill two Trustee positions on the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden (RBGE).  Each appointment is an opportunity to help shape the future of one of the world’s most renowned botanic gardens and require specialist knowledge and experience in two areas: Communications and Visitor Destination/Business Development.

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The Terrace Café closes for a major refurbishment of its interior.

The Terrace Café at the Botanics will close on Monday 8 February for a major refurbishment of its interior. The planned improvements will considerably enhance the internal layout and visitor experience. The Café is due to reopen in early April.

Darwin project puts Iraq's wildlife on the map

A three-year project in Iraq has significantly contributed to knowledge of the country's flora and fauna – including five previously unknown plant species – as well as improving the prospects for future conservation efforts in the country.

RBGE’s Financial Model Attracts International Interest

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh may not be the most likely hotbed of financial innovation, yet it is leading the way with a concept that could bring about positive changes in spending policy on public services around the world.

Get the dirt on dirt at the Botanics

Roll-up your sleeves and get your hands dirty with the experts when the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) celebrates World Soils Day in the John Hope Gateway visitor centre on Saturday, December 5.

Chair of the Board of Trustees reappointed

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment today announced the reappointment of Sir Muir Russell as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

Seeking to aid devastated Soqotra

Decades of international cooperation and conservation work on one of the world’s leading biodiversity hotspots have been dealt a major blow in the devastation caused by two cyclones on the Soqotra Archipelago. Now, as the slow recovery process gets underway, scientists at RBGE must wait until they receive news of how best they can help recovery efforts on the Indian Ocean islands.    

The Age of Chocolate

It is one of the most popular flavours in the world and by 2016 chocolate will be a $100 billion dollar industry. Yet, as worldwide demand increases by 2.5 per cent a year, there are genuine fears the industry will fail to cope with growing public hunger for the product. Now, however, new research suggests the source of this cherished confection is much older than ever realised – and may have close relations capable of sustaining our sweet-toothed appetites.

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