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Who are the Friends?
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The Friends were established in 1991 to give extra support to the Garden and Arboretum’s work, and to increase links between staff and visitors. It has been a great success, raising over £1.5 million through membership fees and events, and offering members a very popular programme of garden visits, tours, concerts and receptions, volunteering opportunities and other benefits (click here to see a full list of member benefits).
The Garden and Arboretum have very exciting plans for their collections, facilities, education programmes and scientific and environmental work. The Friends are always increasing their efforts to help make these plans possible. These pages report on how we support the Garden and Arboretum, and on our programme of events.
Director of the Garden and Arboretum, Timothy Walker says:
"Without the support of the Friends, which now amounts to almost 10% of our annual budget, we simply could not exist as we do........"
Patron: HRH The Prince of Wales
President: Lord Patten of Barnes
Vice Presidents: Lawrence Banks, Robin Herbert, Lady Lapthorne, Sir Ghillean Prance, Sir Crispin Tickell, The President of Magdalen College, The Dean of Christ Church.
Directors and Trustees: Richard Mayou (Chairman), Anna Nasmyth (Secretary), Hemlata Bountra (Treasurer), Jane Annett, Mary Isaac, Sarah Taylor, Jennie Turner and Timothy Walker.
Forum: Directors plus: Maura Allen, Harriet Bretherton, Pauline Coombes, Seonaid Danziger, Crystal Dobson, Jeanne Gurr, Carol Maxwell, Sally Orriss and Helen Potts.
Administrator: Liz Woolley
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Teas at the Garden and Arboretum 2014 - volunteers needed!
The Friends provided occasional homemade teas at the Arboretum and Garden over the summer of 2013. These proved very popular with visitors and so we are planning to run them on a more regular basis in 2014. We would like to provide tea, coffee and cakes at the Garden on Saturdays, and at the Arboretum on Sundays, throughout the warmer months, between 2pm and 4pm.
For this to work we will need lots of volunteers; helping out is enjoyable and doesn’t require any previous experience. You would be working in a small team and we will supply all the necessary equipment, food and drink. If you could spare a few hours to staff a tea stall once or twice during the year, or if you could make a cake or some biscuits for us to sell, please contact:
Sally Orriss for teas at the Arboretum: email@example.com, 01844 279231
Maura Allen for teas at the Garden: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01865 311711
Mary Isaac (Volunteer co-ordinator)
Planning for the years up to the Garden’s 400th anniversary
It is just over 400 weeks to the 400th anniversary of the Oxford Botanic Garden and also, therefore, of the Herbaria and the University’s Department of Plant Sciences. A series of events will soon be launched which will culminate in a splendid celebration of Oxford Botany in 2021.
We will soon be hearing about the ambitious seven year strategic plan to ensure that on its 400th anniversary, Britain’s oldest botanic garden has the international standing, facilities and activities to achieve its scientific, educational and recreational aims to the full. Plans are being informed by the conclusions of a University expert review held in April 2013; the plan will be partly funded by the Friends in collaboration with the University and its Development Office.
The Garden and Arboretum, the University and the 2013 review group are very positive about the support given by the Friends’ and are expecting us to play a major role in the years to 2021. We have been asked to wait until the new priorities and funding strategy have been fully formulated so that our contributions can be as effective as possible. Hence in 2014 we are poised to respond to priority requests from the Garden and Arboretum, especially for matching funds and for important projects which do not fit the interests of major Trusts.
Whilst the Friends have substantial funds available we know that what is being planned at the Botanic Garden and at the Harcourt Arboretum will require much larger sums and we are pledging to raise at least £1,000,000 by 2021. Our past record shows that we can do this. We will also be thinking about joining in the anniversary party, and we look forward to sharing news and ideas with our members.