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Tree Hub project in ’11th hour’ plea for benefactor

By on October 27, 2014

Campaigners hoping to develop an innovative Tree Hub in the Botanic Gardens are making ‘an 11th hour’ public appeal for a six-figure sum to close the balance needed to see the project through.

The public fundraising appeal has so far been aimed at local people who use the Botanic Gardens on a regular basis but with costs higher than originally projected – and time running out to raise the  funding – a major benefactor is needed to help realise the Tree Hub vision.

Tom Christian, Project Officer at National Tree Collections of Scotland, hopes this final plea will encourage someone to come forward and offer a significant financial contribution to the project.

He said: “The Tree Hub project has been a labour of love for all the people involved in getting it off the ground. But this really is the eleventh hour for us. We are so close to making the project become a reality but our final project estimates have come in higher than planned. And, although we have been successful in raising almost £300,000 in grant funding to enable the project to proceed, we still will not have enough. We just need a bit more support from the people who love the Botanics the most. There are so many extraordinary stories in these gardens waiting to be told, and we really want to make the tree hub a reality for the people of Glasgow.”

The Tree Hub, a joint project between the Friends of Glasgow Botanics and the National Tree Collections of Scotland, will be a grand information point that links the city’s trees with other major tree collections in Scotland. From the Hub, people will be able to learn the hidden stories of the Gardens’ trees and use the area as a place to relax and reflect. The Tree Hub is the centrepiece of a variety of tree additions including a new Tree Trail and staff in the gardens offering talks and tours that will bring the Gardens to life.

The Hub has had some very high profile support including Hollywood actor Alan Cumming, indie-rockers Belle and Sebastian and TV presenter Cat Cubie, who launched the campaign last month.

Cumming, a former West End resident, said: “There’s nothing more refreshing than green space right at the heart of a city. For me the Glasgow Botanic Gardens were a haven of peace and tranquillity, giving me a chance to get back to nature right on my doorstep when I lived there. I was a regular visitor to the Gardens when I lived in West End, and I’m delighted to lend my support to the development of the Tree Hub.”

To donate visit glasgowbotanicgardens.com/about-the-friends/donate/ or call 0141 276 1614 

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