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Since the Friends were established, they have played a very important role in supporting the garden, not least by fundraising for projects. The projects financed by the Friends have resulted in considerable improvements.

One of the first major things the Friends purchased in 1989 was an engraving machine which is still used to make labels for the plants in the collection. More recent projects funded by the Friends are illustrated in the gallery below.

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The Friends also supported a sound project operating in the Tropical House. There were two pieces of work being played. In the morning, there was a composition of dawn recordings. In the afternoon, this changed to a composition recorded at dusk. This sound project was made possible by renowned musician and sound recordist Chris Watson to whom we are very grateful.

Here is a time-lapse video clip of 'Fungate' - one of our most recent projects - being installed. Also, here is a video clip of our patron, Sir Thomas Allen opening 'Fungate' on 5th September 2019.

For 2020, we have commissioned a new decorative map of the Garden to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. We are also planning to install a new sculptured hand rail around the pond and to rabbit-proof the alpine garden.