Dundee council could save garden

Future of university's botanic garden still uncertain

By Chris Webster A landmark botanic garden could be saved by a local council, following crisis talks held last week by the governing body of the University of Dundee. The university court met to discuss funding recommendations after Dundee revealed it was £10m over budget (HW, 15 February). It found that staff and students now rarely use the 10ha garden, which costs £150,000 a year to run. While the garden is no longer essential to the university’s core activities, the court recognised the value of the garden to the wider community. A representative said: “The university has no wish to close the botanic garden or to sell it for development.” But the future of the garden remains uncertain until a firm proposal can be made about how to manage it. The university wants to establish a joint working group with the Friends of Dundee Botanic Garden, Dundee City Council and Dundee Partnerships. Council PR head Les Roy said: “We have entered into a dialogue with Dundee Partnerships, but these discussions are at a very early stage. It is too early to say if a resolution can be found.”

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