Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh contends title as Britain’s finest

After a hugely successful year, topped by its critically-acclaimed Botanic Lights event in November, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is starting 2015 with the news that it has been nominated for the prestigious “Garden of the Year” title in the annual BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. Now, the race is on to attract support and bring in a winning vote before the end of the month.

Currently in its fourth year, the high-profile award attracted more than 55,000 votes in 2014, when the accolade was claimed by RHS Wisley, Surrey. This year RBGE is up against four other world-renowned sites: The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall; Trentham Gardens, Stafford; Alnwick Garden, Northumbria and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in Surrey. 

Welcoming the news, Director of Enterprise Heather Jackson said: “This is a great way to start the year. We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the award: and to be against such prestigious competition. It would be wonderful if our visitors and supporters would enter into the spirit of the event and take a few minutes to vote for us.”

Members of the public can vote for their favourite garden – and in 11 other categories, ranging from great heritage attractions to holiday destinations - by emailing awards@countryfile.com, by visiting the BBC Countryfile Magazine website at, http://www.countryfile.com/article/garden-year-201415 or by post to BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Bristol, BS1 3BN.  

All votes must be cast by the January 31, 2015. The winner will be announced in the April issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine.

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