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Honour List for Sheffield Botanical Gardens

The Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust and the Friends of the Botanical Gardens (FOBS) would like to thank the many hundreds of individuals and organisations who have made donations, bequests, become supporters, sponsored plants, benches, panes of glass in the pavilions or given their time working in the gardens and through fundraising. Without your support, we could not have completed the huge task of raising over £1.7 million to restore these historic gardens and make them some the finest in South Yorkshire, giving pleasure to thousands of visitors. The Dorothy Fox Education Centre, opened in March 2017, has been built solely through fundraising and generous bequests.

We find there are simply too many donors to list everyone individually but we wish to place on record our thanks and appreciation to all of our supporters. Each of you has made a difference – thank you so much. We very much hope you like the results, so far, of your generosity. We continue to raise funds to embellish and improve these wonderful gardens for the enjoyment of every visitor. Look through this website for more information on how you can help to continue our mission to make these gardens very special for everyone.


Without their early commitment and substantial generosity, the sums required for the restoration of the Gardens would not have been achievable.

  • Matched funding: The Heritage Lottery Restoration Grant
  • The Friends of the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield (FOBS)
  • The Freshgate Trust Foundation
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The J G Graves Charitable Trust
  • Parkwood Group/Enventure Ltd
  • R M C Environment Fund
  • The Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust
  • The Sheffield Church Burgesses Trust
  • The Sheffield Town Trust
  • The Wolfson Foundation


Legacies to the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust are of enormous importance, enabling the Trust to keep the Gardens in the finest state and to support new initiatives. We wish to record our gratitude to the following individuals who remembered the Trust in their wills:

  • J de Bartolome
  • Dr Burns
  • Eileen Brightmore
  • Joan Chibnall
  • Francis L Eastwood
  • Dorothy Fox
  • Audrey Graham
  • Stanley Greaves
  • Herbert A Harrison
  • Barbara Holland
  • Christopher King
  • Anne Elizabeth Maguire
  • Graham Murray
  • Sheena Ritchie
  • Mildred Rushby
  • Eileen M Ryan
  • Irene Sugden

Please consider remembering the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust in your will.

DONORS – in excess of £1,000

  • The Annals of Botany
  • Arnold Laver & Co Ltd
  • Art in the Gardens
  • Assay Office (Sheffield)
  • Aviva Plc
  • Barber Harrison & Platt
  • Barclays Bank Plc
  • Barfil Charitable Trust
  • Benson Clegg
  • The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths Charitable Trust
  • H L Brown & Son Ltd
  • Henry Boot Plc
  • Botanical Catering Ltd
  • Bury & Walkers
  • Caledonian Society of Sheffield
  • The H and L Cantor Trust
  • Charnwood House Ltd
  • Coke Trust
  • The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire
  • Corus Plc
  • The 10th Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust
  • The Earl Fitzwilliam Charitable Trust
  • Evergreen Disabled Gardening Club
  • Graham & Susan Murray Charitable Trust
  • Stanley Greaves Trust
  • Groundwork UK
  • The Hamamelis Trust
  • Hopkins Boden
  • HSBC Bank Plc
  • The Idlewild Trust
  • John Lewis Partnership Sheffield
  • The John Spedan Lewis Foundation
  • Lloyds TSB Foundation for England & Wales
  • Music in the Gardens
  • The James Neill Trust Fund
  • The Normanby Charitable Trust
  • Sir John Osborne Charity Trust
  • The Palaeontological Association
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • The Ronald and Kathleen Pryor Charity
  • Rotary Club of Sheffield Charitable Trust Fund
  • The Royal Horticulture Society
  • St. Mark’s Parochial Church Council
  • The Scotts Company
  • Sheffield Floral Club
  • The South Yorkshire Forest Environment Trust Ltd
  • Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust
  • Wake Smith
  • The Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation
  • Hyman Winstone Foundation
  • The Diana and Gerard Young Trust

We are enormously grateful to the numerous organisations, businesses and trusts that also made donations although, as with individuals, they are too numerous to list here. The Heritage Lottery Fund had not experienced matched funding from the public on this scale for any similar project. This is a testament to the fundraising effort by so many people, and the public’s generosity for this important restoration project.


Many specific areas of the Botanical Gardens were restored through donations for particular purposes. We wish to express our gratitude for these specific gifts.

  • The Gatehouse, The Sheffield Town Trust
  • The Pavilions:
    • The Wolfson Foundation
    • R M C Fund
    • The Idlewild Trust
  • Pavilion Clock, H L Brown & Son Ltd
  • Fountain, Sheffield Assay Office
  • Pan Statue, Wake Smith
  • Turnstile Gate, The Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
  • Wrought Iron Fence, Corus Plc
  • South Lodge, The South Yorkshire Forest Environment Trust Ltd
  • Pavilion Planting, The H and L Cantor Trust
  • Garden Signage, The John Spedan Lewis Foundation
  • Landscape & Planting:
    • Gatehouse areas, John Lewis Partners, Sheffield
    • Evolution Garden, The Palaeontological Association
    • Marnock Garden, Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust
    • Award of Garden Merit Garden, The Royal Horticultural Society
    • Birch Hill, Charnwood House Ltd
    • Mediterranean Climate Garden, Anonymous bequest
    • Prairie Garden & Woodland Garden, Department of Landscape, The University of Sheffield