2022 Trust Fund Appeal

Dear Friend of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

I am writing to you as the Chair of the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Trust Fund. I’m also writing to you because we both share a passion for the health and future prosperity of our wonderful Melbourne Gardens (including the National Herbarium). 

The Friends Trust Fund has, since it’s foundation in 1986, donated over $3 million to the RBG Melbourne. In the current year the trust will distribute approximately $175,000.

No doubt you are aware of some of the many RBG projects the Trust has supported, including the refurbishment of Fern Gully, purchase of two new Garden Explorer vehicles for visitors to enjoy the Gardens easily and the development of the Sensory Garden.  The Trust also funds Scholarships and Research Grants that provide opportunities for RBG staff to undertake study and research that both enhances their knowledge whilst also strengthening the capabilities of the RBG. 

The Trust, as a Public Ancillary Fund, is required by law to distribute a minimum of four percent of the value of Trust corpus each year. In recent years, with the value of the Trust’s investments rising, there has also been an increase  in our annual distribution to the Gardens.

To help the Trust continue to increase the Friends’ support to the Royal Botanic Gardens please consider making a donation to our 2022 Appeal. 

Enquiries in relation to the Appeal can be made by following this link or by telephoning the Friends’ office on 9650 6398. All donations of two dollars and over are tax deductible. 

Will Jones

Chair, Fiends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust Fund

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