Committee minutes for February 2018

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Friends of the University of Dundee Botanic Garden
Minutes of the Committee meeting held at 6pm on 21st February 2018
in the Education Centre

Present: Mark McGilchrist (Chair), Alison Gordon (Secretary), John Gordon (Treasurer), Alasdair Hood (Curator), Tricia Paton, Colin Robertson (Membership Secretary), Frances Tait (Honorary President), Margot Watt, Diana Robertson, Lynne Duncan
Apologies: Donald Hay (Vice-Chair), Wendy Saywood.

1. Curator’s report
A draft version of the Garden’s annual report was discussed.  Visits to the Garden and to the Coffee Shop were down on previous years. Volunteers in the Garden and on Reception provided support to the value of approximately £34K (3,300 hours).  
The Curator confirmed that he would be leaving his post 30-04-18. The Chair, on behalf of the Committee, wished him well in his future ventures.
The new Director of Campus Services would be visiting the garden 22-02-18. 
The Friends will again this year offer their Hugh Ingram Bursary. The Curator will take this forward.

2. Treasurer’s report
The finances are in a stable state with no major change from the last meeting. 

3. Spring Newsletter
This will be sent out towards the end of April with subscription renewal letters. There will be no change to subscription rates.

4. Curator’s Garden questionnaire
100 questionnaires had been returned from visitors to the Garden or Coffee Shop. 
These are being analysed looking at the commercial side of the Garden and demographics of visitors.

5. Events
This year’s Summer Gathering is confirmed for Saturday 4th August
This year’s Plant Sale will take place on Sunday 20th May

6. Projects
The River Line Project is progressing with meetings between a number of interested parties.   Funding of £20K for a feasibility study has been offered as part of Dundee Decides 2018. The result of the vote will be known in late March.
Anthology project is on-going and there is a link from the Friends’ Blog.  An exhibition in the gallery is hoped for, to coincide with the Summer Gathering.
Children’s gardening group. A meeting to progress this is planned for February.
Evening opening during the summer. A rota of volunteers should be established soon to enable the extended hours to go ahead. 

The next meeting will be Wednesday 21st March 2018.