The clear up operation at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) is continuing in the wake of the severe weather on Tuesday, January 3. However, the Garden is open as usual and welcoming large numbers of visitors
The Garden has lost 34 trees, with many more requiring further investigation and work. On Friday, work on replacing the glass on the Research Block was completed. This week work is continuing replacing the glass and repairing the Peat, Rock and Front Range Glasshouses. The Temperate and Tropical Palm Houses are now open to the public. It is intended the Main Front Range will be open to the public by Wednesday, January 11. However, the Montain Glasshouses will remain closed until after a structural survey and any other work considered necessary. There will be reduced access in the Orchid & Cycad and Plants & People Glasshouses as all plants from one of the supporting houses have been spread between these. It is not known how long this will be the situation as the support house must be rebuilt.
However, those who venture into the Garden and see the extent of the damage will see that it will take considerable time to fully tidy up and make safe all areas across the garden both outside and under Glass.
Unfortunately, Edinburgh was not the only RBGE site to be hit. Considerable damage was sustained at Benmore, near Dunoon, and Dawyck, near Peebles, and - to a lesser extent – Logan, near Stranraer.
For more information, images or interviews contact Shauna Hay on 0131 248 2900 or Sandra Donnelly on 0131 248 1037
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), dating back to1670, is a Non Departmental Public Body established under the National Heritage (Scotland) Act 1985, principally funded by the Scottish Government. It is also a registered charity, managed by a Board of Trustees appointed by Ministers. Its mission is “exploring and explaining the world of plants for a better future” and its primary functions are as a centre of scientific and horticultural excellence, keeper of the national collections and promoter of science in the public domain.
The four Gardens of RBGE - Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan - are numbered among the most popular visitor attractions in Scotland, bringing together many inter-related cultural areas of activity.