Botanics launches Access for All appeal

 An appeal fund has been launched by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) to enhance accessibility at all of its four gardens for visitors of all ages and ability.

The Access for All appeal aims to raise £30,000 to enable RBGE, a registered charity, to improve accessibility for older people, wheelchair users and families with children and pushchairs at its four Gardens in Edinburgh, Dawyck in the Scottish Borders, Benmore in Argyll and Logan in Dumfries and Galloway.

Money raised will go towards surfacing paths, installing hand rails, purchasing new wheelchairs and mobility scooters and upgrading visitor information materials such as wheelchair route maps.

James Salomons, Development Officer said: “A range of key accessibility needs have arisen across all four of our Gardens which are forming the basis for our new appeal. Access for All aims to significantly increase the accessibility of all four sites by improving surfaces and providing useful features such as handrails and mobility scooters. Contributions to the appeal will go directly towards tangible improvements, allowing more people to access our living collections with greater ease.’’

For further information about the appeal call 0131 552 5339. Donations can be made online at www.rbge.org.uk/accessforall

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