The news yesterday that the University of Dundee’s Court has pledged to keep the botanic garden open, ending months of concern about its long-term future, is to be greatly welcomed (click on headline above to view story in the Evening Telegraph).
The City Council (along with the University itself, Dundee College and the Friends of the Botanic Gardens) played an active role in the Working Group set up to put together a workable strategy to secure the long-term future of the Botanic Gardens.
The University will be paying some £75 000 less per annum towards the Botanic Gardens and in this context it is disappointing that the Scottish Government rejected requests for funding from government. This is particularly disappointing given the Scottish Government’s willingness to help fund the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.
Nonetheless, we hope there will now be a secure future for the Dundee Botanic Gardens.