Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Our organisation

The Botanic Gardens Trust is a statutory body established under the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust Act 1980. It is responsible for the management and stewardship of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Domain, the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan and the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah. The Board of the Trust reports directly to the Minister for Environment and Heritage and has responsibility for the all Trust assets and programs. Staff are employed by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

Our Structure

>> Click here to see our Organisation structure (May 2014)

The Trust consists of the following Branches

  • Science and Conservation
  • Horticultural Operations
  • Public Engagement
  • Development
  • Finance and Commercial Operations

A comprehensive overview of the Trust’s organisational structure is outlined in the 2013-2014 Annual Report, or obtain by writing to the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000).

Our mission

To inspire the appreciation and conservation of plants.

Our vision

In 2016 the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust will be 200 years old. We have the oldest botanic garden in Australia, one of this country’s earliest European landscapes.

Our job is to protect and nourish a much-loved institution so that it can thrive and evolve, and continue to provide the people of Sydney and tourists from around the world with beautiful gardens and parks to enjoy for a further 200 years.

We have set ourselves the highest possible environmental standards and will provide active leadership to Sydney through demonstrating, doing and teaching.

We will increase our impact on society by building community connections, increasing involvement and participation, and hosting a diverse range of activities and events.

Our researchers will continue to lead the understanding and wise management of the plant biodiversity of our continent and the Asia-Pacific.

By the time of Sydney’s Botanic Bicentenary, we want ‘the Gardens’ and all that it stands for to be even more overt, and for a visit to one of our estates to be an inspiring, remarkable and unforgettable experience.

Our values

In all that we do, the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust values:

  • Our natural and cultural environment
  • Advancing, disseminating and using knowledge
  • A safe, healthy and fulfilling workplace
  • Excellence
  • Innovation and initiative
  • Achieving more through partnerships

Our stakeholders

Our logos

Approval process

  • Material incorporating the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust logo must be submitted to the Trust for sign-off prior to printing. Please allow 7 days for this process.
  • For approval, email Karen Rinkel (phone 9231 8108)
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust name must never be abbreviated in editorial or copy. 


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