The National Trust for Scotland and the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (RBGE) are to work collaboratively to protect Scotland’s wild and cultivated plants after signing a memorandum of understanding.
The two bodies will share plants to safeguard specimens that might be at risk, work together to conserve endangered wild plants both through replanting projects and work together on pests and disease management.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 15 August at the National Trust for Scotland’s Head Gardener’s Meeting at Oatridge College, West Lothian.
Trust chief executive Kate Mavor said: "The Trust and RBGE have been working together on a range of gardening and horticultural issues for some years. We believe that by combining our efforts, we can protect, preserve and propagate special plants, whether in gardens, or wild places all over Scotland."
RBGE horticulture director Dr David Rae said: "At its most simplistic, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh exists because people need plants to survive. As a centre of scientific and horticultural excellence, we have an obligation to transfer our expertise where and when it is required.
"As part of this, we believe it is vital to work in partnership with other organisations to provide tangible benefits at home and around the world. In joining forces with the National Trust for Scotland we can further our joint potential to research, cultivate and protect our native species, which is crucial to Scotland’s own environment."