Garden experts pool talents to protect plants

Two of Scotland’s leading gardening organisations - the National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE) will work collaboratively to protect Scotland’s plants – both wild and cultivated. The two bodies will share plants to safeguard specimens that might be at risk, work together to conserve endangered wild plants both through replanting projects and by working together on pests and disease management. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed today at the National Trust for Scotland’s Head Gardener’s Meeting at Oatridge College, West Lothian.Signing the agreement, Trust Chief Executive Kate Mavor said: “The Trust and RBGE have been working together on a range of gardening and horticultural issues for some years. We believe that by combining our efforts, we can protect, preserve and propagate special plants, whether in gardens, or wild places all over Scotland.”Dr David Rae, Director of Horticulture, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh said: “At its most simplistic, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh exists because people need plants to survive. As a centre of scientific and horticultural excellence, we have an obligation to transfer our expertise where and when it is required. As part of this, we believe it is vital to work in partnership with other organisations to provide tangible benefits at home and around the world. In joining forces with the National Trust for Scotland we can further our joint potential to research, cultivate and protect our native species, which is crucial to Scotland’s own environment.”Robert Grant, the Trust’s Head of Gardens and Designed Landscapes said: “Staff from both the Trust and RBGE are already recognised as experts in the horticultural world. By pooling our knowledge and expertise, we will be able to ensure that staff in both organisations continue to lead the way in horticulture and that our gardens benefit from this outstanding expertise.” The National Trust for Scotland holds a Head Gardeners’ Meeting every summer. The programme is designed to share learning and showcase expertise from across the Trust, Scotland and beyond for the benefit of gardening staff and the gardens and landscapes in their care.

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