About us

The Friends of Burnley Gardens was formed in 1998. We are a non-profit, incorporated community organisation. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in supporting the Gardens, enjoying the company of like-minded people, and attending the variety of enjoyable, stimulating events held throughout each year.

We aim to

  • provide support for and foster public awareness of the historic Burnley Gardens
  • assist with special projects selected by the Friends in consultation with Burnley Campus staff
  • bring together people with a common interest in the Burnley Gardens.

We meet monthly throughout the year, usually with guest speakers on a varied range of plant and garden-related topics. We enjoy visits to other gardens, and social occasions.

Our Propagation Group grows a range of interesting plants for sale to the public, and our Friendly Guides conduct informative and interesting tours of the Gardens.

As a member you can enjoy:

  • regular meetings with specialist guest speakers on a broad range of horticultural  topics
  • our Papyrus newsletter
  • contributing to the Gardens by taking part in working bees and plant labelling activities
  • participating in a variety of hands-on Workshops
  • joining the Plant Propagation Group
  • researching the Garden’s history and helping with the cultural collection
  • undertaking ‘Friendly Guide’ training and assisting with tours of the Burnley Gardens
  • helping with special restoration projects in the Gardens, as part of their ongoing conservation and management
  • picnics and other entertaining events in the Gardens
  • tours of other significant gardens with FOBG members
  • the University’s free Seminar Series at the Burnley Campus