James Wheeler, chief executive of the Gardens, said: “As one of the country’s most historically important botanical gardens, we pride ourselves on being a valuable asset. We have exciting plans for the future and these new Trustee roles will help us to support that as we continue our work to conserve, educate and engage with people of all ages.

“This is a rare opportunity to be a play a leading role in the organisation and I’m looking forward to working with people who want to be a part of the important work we are doing.”

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of just two independent charitable gardens in the UK spread across 15 acres just one mile from Birmingham City Centre.

Our charity is led by a Board of 10 Trustees who meet eight times a year, and we are now seeking new Trustees to join our Board in three key areas:

• Education: The education Trustee will have a background in education, bringing expertise about the sector to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Board of Trustees.

• Horticulture: The horticulture Trustee will be somebody with horticultural expertise to provide support and oversight to the Gardens’ curation.

• Chair of Trustees: The Chair will have previous Board experience and practical experience of overseeing changes in the fundraising profile and activities of a charity. The responsibilities of the Chair will include providing strategic leadership and direction to the Board of Trustees and representing the charity. We also have exciting plans to redevelop parts of the Gardens to help further our mission and make us more sustainable. The Chair, along with the rest of the Board, will play a key role in steering the implementation of these plans.

The deadline for applications is 18th June 2021.