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Protecting Scottish trees and herbs for the future

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has collected seeds from 14 trees and 29 conservation priority herbs this year, to help deliver Scottish species into the UK National Tree Seed Project and the UK Flora Project. Both projects aim to protect British plants and are coordinated across the UK nations by the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB), with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

Royal recognition for Georgian cottage reborn

An internationally-important seat of learning from the Scottish Enlightenment which fell into dereliction and was painstakingly dismantled to be reconstructed two miles across the capital has received the royal seal of approval. Simultaneously the oldest and newest building at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), the incredible Botanic Cottage has been officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal this (Thursday) morning.

High-value timber species in Tanzania’s coastal forests will be exhausted in 30 years

High- value timber species in Tanzania’s coastal forests will be exhausted in 30 years, according to research by Tanzanian and UK scientists.

Trees believed extinct found thriving at royal palace

Tree experts have been excited by the “discovery” of two mature specimens – until now thought to be extinct in Britain – within Her Majesty The Queen’s garden at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh city centre. Now thoughts are turning to propagation of the rare royal 100ft-tall Wentworth elms (Ulmus 'Wentworthii Pendula).

Game of cones: school gamers recruited to save trees

With new threats to tree health never far from the news, the game plan for seven Scottish research institutes has been to work with computer game designers and create a freely-available platform on which young players can pit their wits against pests and diseases in the virtual forest survival strategy game CALEDON. The ultimate aim being to encourage a new generation of much-needed tree health specialists.

Appointment of a Trustee to the Board of RBGE

The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP today (22 August 2016) announced the appointment of Chris Wallace as a Trustee of the Board of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE).

Planting the seeds of a new partnership for Garden and MSP

Ben Macpherson MSP, recently elected member for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, has made his first behind-the-scenes visit to RBGE, meeting personnel across the Science and Horticultural Divisions who are behind research and conservation initiatives at home and around the world.

Dedicated horticulturist receives BEM

Major boost to help save the Alpine House.

RBGE is celebrating the news that it has received a £46,215 funding boost from SITA Trust to help restore the Garden’s Heritage Alpine House.

The Botanic Cottage throws open its (traditionally crafted) doors

The Botanic Cottage has opened its doors to its first visitors.  Rescued in 2008 from demolition at its previous location, the historic RBGE site on Leith Walk, the 18th century Cottage has undergone a wholesale move and a traditional rebuild, reviving the historic building as a new centre for community and education work in the Garden.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)