RHS accounts show growth

RHS accounts for the year to 31 January 2017 show income has risen to £82.46m from £76.45m.

RHS Wisley
RHS Wisley

The breakdown of income from the annual report 2016/17 is from trading income £23.83m (£23.28m in 2015), members and marketing £20.2m (£18.3m), donations/legacies £8,3m (£6.8m), gardens £6.7m (£5.9m), communities/education £637,000 (£458,000), horticulture £284,000 (£317,000), science and collections £145,000 (£102,000), sponsorship £2.56m (£2.02m) and investments £597,000 (£842,000).

Trading income includes retail, show gala nights, advertising and hall hire. Gardens income is from gate receipts and catering.

RHS Enterprises' income was £22m (£5.8m profit) and special events income was £4.7m. 

Crocus sales via RHS Enterprises were £1.5m with £296,000 commission. Will Havercroft's director role as RHS Enterprises ended in January.

Expenditure was on trading costs £15.6m (£16m in 2015) donations/legacies £1.32m (£1.30m), sponsorship £487,000 (£356,000), members and marketing (£11.36m (£9.44m), shows £17.01m (£16.10m), RHS gardens £22.05m (£19.14m), communities/education £3.4m (£3.2m), horticulture £1.28m (£1.29m) and science and collections £4.4m (£4.2m). Capital expenditure was £10.9m, up from £2.6m, with £8.5m spent on the Strategic Investment Programme, including £4.6m at Wisley on infrastructure works ahead of building the Welcome entrance building, offices and science building.

Salaries were £23.39m up from £21.14m with overall staff expenditure £27.86m (£25.36m) for 786 staff against 742 in the previous year. There were 26 staff paid over £60,000 (2016-23) and five over £120,000 (2016-1). The top salary was £190,000-£200,000 (£170,000-£180,000, revised from £190,000-200,000).

Contracts signed for strategic projects include Wisley Hilltop (£937,000), Wisley front of house (£624,000), Rosemoor events building (£508,000), Wisley Barn (£489,000), Hyde Hall front of house (£182,000), Hyde Hall glasshouse (£124,000) and Bridgemere (£121,000)

Membership was up to 472,000 from 449,000. Garden visits to the four RHS gardens were up 6.6% to more than 2 million. Shows attracted 165,000 (Chelsea), 135,000 (Hampton court), 63,000 (Tatton), 67,000 (Malvern) and 26,000 (Cardiff).

The RHS has a £160m Strategic Investment Programme. There is £40m fundraising to achieve. The fifth RHS garden, Bridgewater, is due to open in 2019. The first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is on 7-11 June.

RHS president Sir Nicholas Bacon said: "The Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group has done much to change the perception of gardening and position it as a viable career choice for the most able in our society as well as highlighting the career opportunities for people of all skill levels."

Director general Sue Biggs said the "unseen" work of the Roundtable "is vital if UK horticulture is to achieve its ambitions".

RHS AGM is on 12 July at 2pm at Rosemoor in Devon.

Meanwhile, Brent Elliott has retired as RHS historian.


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