Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Delivering our services

The major priorities for the Trust include:

  • advancing knowledge and understanding of plant biodiversity, horticulture and conservation
  • delivering a wide range of targeted school and community education programs, including programs for regional and disadvantaged communities
  • managing and developing the horticultural displays and living collection of plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan Botanic Garden and Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
  • maintaining and developing all sites, including the Domain, to accommodate multiple uses including recreation, relaxation, celebration, events, education and the promotion of conservation
  • managing and developing viable commercial businesses and hosting externally operated commercial services to maximise and diversify the Trustís revenue base
  • developing and promoting a range of infrastructure and research projects, for funding or co-funding by benefactors or sponsorship with reference to the bicentenary of the Trust in 2016.

Results and Services

Trust performance is measured through key indicators linked to its Results and Services Plan, a whole of Government initiative to better link corporate outcomes with Government. The Plan provides information to Treasury and to the Minister about the Trustís performance, particularly the results that the Trust is achieving with the funding it receives. This Plan also identifies the Trustís service delivery priorities.

The Trust contributes to the conservation of natural and cultural values and works to ensure local communities and tourists are able to access and benefit from urban green spaces, by working towards the following results:

  • Plant diversity and plant habitats are understood, protected and restored
  • The community values plants and cultural heritage
  • Participation and integration in community activities are increased.

Key services provided by the Trust, which contribute to these results, include:

  • generating and preserving knowledge through botanical research and scientific collections
  • communicating knowledge through:
    • education programs
    • plant identification services
    • plant disease diagnostic services
    • publications and online services
  • providing horticultural displays and enriching cultural landscapes through the Trustís living collections, infrastructure, visitor services, historical sites and off-site horticultural services
  • facilitating events and recreation.

New South Wales State Plan

The NSW State Plan, A new direction for NSW, sets out the Governmentís key priorities for the 10-year period commencing in 2007. As a constituent part of the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC), the Trust is responsible for contributing to the lead agency role of DECC in coordinating the delivery of the following relevant NSW State Plan priority:

E4: Better environmental outcomes for native vegetation, biodiversity, land, rivers and coastal waterways. The Trust is also responsible for contributing to the role of DECC as a partner agency in delivering the following relevant State Plan priorities:

E8: More people using parks, sporting and recreational facilities and participating in the arts and cultural activity

R4: Increased participation and integration in community activities. The Trust also contributes to a number of other priorities, including more people participating in education and training throughout their life (P4), improved health through reduced obesity, smoking, illicit drug use and risk drinking (S3) and increased customer satisfaction with Government services (S8).

Global Strategy for Plant Conservation

The Trust is committed to contributing to the targets set in the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC), which provides an innovative framework for plant conservation actions at global, regional, national and local levels. These include:

  • understanding and documenting plant diversity
  • conserving plant diversity
  • using plant diversity sustainably
  • promoting education and awareness about plant diversity.

>> Click here to see a summary of the Trustís activities against Global Strategy for Plant Conservation targets.



The very rare Elaeocarpus sedentarius is restricted to warm-temperate rainforest and Brush Box forest in the Whian Whian and Nullum forest areas of NSW and can be seen at Mount Annan Botanic Garden and Royal Botanic Gardens.