About Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens

Charitable objectives

  • to provide a forum for all those interested in the welfare of Belfast Botanic Gardens;
  • to advance the knowledge of botany, horticulture and the horticultural legacy of Belfast Botanic Gardens for the public benefit and to promote the Gardens as a centre for horticultural excellence, botanical education and public amenity;
  • to promote, or assist in promoting, the conservation, maintenance and development of Belfast Botanic Gardens and the buildings and monuments therein;
  • to enhance or assist in the enhancement of the scientific value of the plant collections in Belfast Botanic Gardens, both in the gardens and under glass, and to support the environmental worth of the gardens as a habitat for wildlife in the City of Belfast;
  • to support the value and unique standing of Belfast Botanic Gardens by providing or helping to provide equipment, plants and other materials or facilities in line with our charitable aims;
  • doing all other such things as are necessary or conducive to the attainment of the above objects, including:
    • to obtain grants or procure the funding from any source for the purpose of the Company and to comply with the terms subject to which such grants are made available;
    • to co-operate with Belfast City Council (BCC) to enable the company to further its objects, whether through fund raising activities, assisting with events or providing advice to visitors;
    • to accept subscriptions, donations, devises and bequests of any real or personal property and any rights or privileges necessary for promotion of the Company’s objects;
    • to issue appeals, hold public meetings, organise public events and take such other steps as may be required for the purpose of furthering its objects or securing contributions to the Company and to encourage the involvement of individuals and organisations of all kinds in the activities of the Company generally.

Our projects

Major improvements we’d like to see..

  • Enhancement of signage and information points within the gardens
  • Restoration of the Kelvin Memorial
  • Restoration of the Palm House
  • Completion of development in the lower Botanic Gardens as an area for trial beds, horticultural education and community engagement
  • Restoration of the Shelter
  • Restoration and enhancement of the Pinetum
  • Enhancement of planting at existing entrances
  • Boundary improvements and screening of intrusive buildings, refurbishment of shrub beds
  • Refurbishment of toilets

How to donate

If you are interested in making a donation to assist our Development Fund, please make cheques payable to: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens or simply use the Donate button below which will take you to a secure payment page. All donations are gratefully received and will enable us to further our preservation and development of one of the Northern Ireland’s most famous landmarks. Please send donations to:

  • The Secretary
  • Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens
  • The Office, Botanic Gardens
  • College Park
  • Belfast BT7 1LP

If you want to join the charity, please apply online.