The RBGE’s current Living Plant Collection Policy (2006) is closely integrated into RBGE's Mission Statement, Corporate Planning process, new Ministerial priorities (of March 2005), Science Strategy and the National Heritage Act (1985). It also supports the Scottish Governments Research Strategy with contributions to at least two of its four research programmes and to three of its cross-cutting themes.
In developing the Policy attention has also been paid to recognizing the important role of the Living Collection in the global and national context in issues such as the environment, climate change and the quality of life. Finally, the Policy now also recognises the importance of national and international legislation and makes reference to numerous policies and conventions.
The purpose of the Policy is to ensure that RBGE's Living Collection is well managed, both now and into the future. More speciﬁcally, the aim is to ensure that the right plants are in the right place for those who need to use them.