The Access for All Appeal

Help us improve the accessibility of all four Gardens

Together our Gardens represent one of the world’s largest collections of plants, but individually the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s four sites stand in stark contrast to one another. First there is the popular Edinburgh Garden, steeped in rich history and founded in 1670 before the collections were moved to Inverleith in 1820, then the magnificent and dramatic landscape of Benmore, nestled between mountains on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll. Dawyck, near Peebles in the Borders, is set in gentle wooded hills whilst the exotic Logan, with its expansive collection of southern hemisphere plants, is warmed by the Gulf Stream and perched on the most southerly tip of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway. Despite their differences, our four Gardens have one crucial need in common: the need to improve access for all visitors so each site is suitable for every ability and age.

The vision

To significantly enhance the accessibility of all four Gardens to benefit older generations, wheelchair users and families with children and pushchairs, by delivering specific improvements on each site. These include surfacing paths, purchasing new wheelchairs and mobility scooters and upgrading visitor information materials such as wheelchair route maps.

The need for the project

With over 800,000 visitors every year, and with that figure set to increase in coming years, there is a real need to improve access to all our Gardens for young families, disabled people of all ages and older generations. Because of Scotland's varied terrain, our four sites have substantially different needs to make them more accessible to our visitors. Dawyck and Logan, for example, require mobility scooters and paths re-surfaced to make them push and wheelchair friendly. Mountainous Benmore required hundreds of metres of handrails to help people of all abilities get up and down its steep slopes and Edinburgh needs a charging facility for existing mobility scooters near the East Gate.

Valuable benefits

These improvements will bring many benefits – from allowing disabled visitors to access some parts of our Gardens for the first time, such as the Chilean plant collection at Logan, to enabling older people and families to experience a wider diversity of outdoor landscapes.

Can you help?

With other demands on funding, we must raise the funds to undertake these improvements from external sources. We've raised £28,000 so far thanks to the generosity of our supporters, however, we still need a further £3,500 to reach our target. Any donation you can make towards the appeal, no matter how small, will make a difference and help us reach our target to deliver access for all at Benmore, Dawyck, Edinburgh and Logan.

Click here to donate. Alternatively, you can contact our Fundraising Team with any questions or to donate by phone on 0131 248 2855.

Thank you kindly for any support you can offer. A donation of any size will make a difference!

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