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Membership Terms and Conditions

By purchasing or renewing membership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  1. All memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  2. RBGE reserves the right to change the membership benefits at any time and without prior notice.
  3. Membership of RBGE is valid for 12 consecutive months unless a life membership has been purchased.
  4. Members must show a valid membership card to obtain entry to RBGE Gardens (and the Edinburgh Glasshouses) and to receive other membership benefits.
  5. We aim to process all membership packs within 10 working days once an application has been received.
  6. You can use your temporary membership receipt or confirmation email to gain access to RBGE Gardens and other membership benefits prior to receiving your membership pack.
  7. RBGE membership allows cardholders free or discounted admission to participating reciprocal gardens in the UK and overseas. Members must show their valid membership card in order to gain admission to these gardens.
  8. We will contact you at the start of the month when your membership is due for renewal with further information on how to continue your subscription.
  9. Payment by Direct Debit is the simplest and most convenient way to pay your RBGE subscription and, if you choose to change your payment method to Direct Debit, you will be eligible for our lowest annual rates. Your Direct Debit membership will renew automatically each year until you choose to cancel. A renewal letter will be sent out giving a minimum of 10 working days for you to notify us of any change or cancellation before the next payment is due to be collected. You can cancel your Direct Debit at any time by contacting your bank. If you do cancel, please notify the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk
  10. We reserve the right to refuse admission and/or cancel memberships without refund if anyone behaves in a threatening or abusive way to any person at any of our four Gardens or damages or threatens to damage any of the collections or property of RBGE.
  11. RBGE reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.
  12. Please refer to our Privacy Policy for details on how we handle your data.

Membership FAQs

Why should I become an RBGE Member?

Our Membership programme allows visitors to support our mission to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future.

By becoming a Member you will receive free admission to the Edinburgh Glasshouses and the Gardens at Benmore, Dawyck and Logan, as well as free or discounted admission to other Gardens with whom we have reciprocal entry agreements. There are also discounts for Members in RBGE shops, restaurants and cafes, plus reduced prices for our education short courses.

A busy programme of events is scheduled for Members and the Botanics magazine is delivered three times per year by email or free to your door. On top of all of this, Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, keeping them updated on all things happening at RBGE.

What is a Joint Membership?

Joint Membership is one Membership for for two adults living together at the same address plus any children under 18 who live with them.

You can save up to £21 per year by purchasing one joint Friends Membership instead of two individual Friend Memberships.

What is the Direct Debit discount?

Paying by Direct Debit helps us make the most of your support and is our lowest available rate, at £29 for an Individual Friend membership and £41 for a Joint Friends membership.

You can set up your Direct Debit by downloading our application form here and posting it to us. Alternatively you can call the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 and request a Direct Debit mandate to be sent to your home address.

Who can qualify for concession rate Membership?

Concessionary rates apply to senior citizens over 60, full time students and people with disabilities or receiving benefit. This must apply to both Members when purchasing a Joint Membership at concessionary rate.

Please advise us if you have a carer to enable us to provide you with an additional Membership card at no extra cost.

How do I become an RBGE Member?

You can become a Member of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in whatever way is most convenient to you:

  • Online - You can become a Member using our secure online payment system.
  • By telephone - You can call the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 and join by credit or debit card.
  • By post - Fill in the application form and send it back to us with the payment details completed.
  • In person - Visit any one of our Gardens across Scotland and pay in person.

If you buy at one of our Gardens, you will be given a temporary Membership certificate which can be used to redeem all Membership benefits while you wait to receive your welcome pack by post.

Please note, paying by Direct Debit helps the Garden to put your donation to use more efficiently.

Can I give an additional donation when I join or renew my Membership?

If you would like to offer further support to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh you can make an additional donation when you join or renew your Membership online, by telephone, by post or in person.

What is Gift Aid?

Gift Aid allows you to increase your support of the Garden at no extra cost to yourself. It is a simple scheme that allows charities like ours to recover the tax paid on donations. For every £1 you donate, we can claim an extra 25 pence - all you have to do is make a Gift Aid declaration.

To Gift Aid your Membership or any other donation your make to RBGE, you must be a UK taxpayer and pay Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in the current tax year equal to or above the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your charitable donations in the current tax year.

I have paid my Membership subscription, what happens now?

Our Membership Office will post a welcome pack within 10 working days. Your welcome pack will contain your official RBGE Membership card, a copy of the latest Botanics magazine and our What’s On guide with a full list of events taking place in our Gardens.

Can I buy Membership as a gift?

Yes! Whatever the occasion, a Friend, Companion or Life Membership makes a unique gift for garden lovers and helps support the work of four of the most treasured Gardens in the world. 

Purchase your Gift of Membership here.

If I buy Membership as a gift, will the welcome pack be sent to me or the recipient?

By default we will send the welcome pack directly to the gift recipient's address, with a note saying that this is a gift from you. If you wish for the welcome pack to be delivered to your address so you can give it to them yourself, please email us at members@rbge.org.uk after you have completed your purchase.

How can I upgrade my Membership?

Please call us on 0131 552 5339 to upgrade your Membership. You can change from having an Individual to a Joint Membership or upgrade to become a Companion or Patron.

When will my Membership expire?

Your Membership subscription will provide you with twelve months of Membership. Memberships always expire at the end of the month, so if you purchase Membership on any date in August, the subscription will last until 31 August the following year.

The expiry date is printed on your Membership card.

If I renew my Membership before it expires, how will this affect its expiration date?

If you renew your Membership before it expires, the new 12 month subscription will simply be added to the date of expiry. For example, if your Membership expires in December, but you choose to renew early when you visit the Garden in August, your Membership expiry date would remain as 31 December the following year.

Alternatively, if you renew your subscription late, we will start from the month you renewed, for example, if your Membership expired in December but you renewed in March, your new expiry date would be 31 March of the next year.

What should I do if I lose my Membership card?

If you misplace your Membership card, please contact the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk and we will be happy to issue a replacement.

How do I update my contact details?

If you would like to change your mailing address, email address or phone number, please contact the Membership Office on 0131 552 5339 or members@rbge.org.uk.

How can I find out more about Members’ events?

Members' events are listed in the Botanics magazine and we also send out a monthly Members’ e-newsletter with updates on forthcoming events and notices about what to look out for.

Coffee mornings and Tours are exclusive to Members, and public events across the Gardens usually offer special Members' discounts. Details of events can also be found here.

How else can I support the Gardens?

There are many ways you can support the Garden at whatever level you feel comfortable with.

Please visit our Support Us section to see how you can help.

  • Contact the Membership Office

    For further details about our Membership Programme or to join by phone please call us on +44 (0)131 552 5339 or get in touch by using the enquiry form.

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