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Admission to the University Botanic Garden: Notice

The Botanic Garden Syndicate give notice that they have revised the Rules of Admission to the Garden (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 599), with effect from 1 January 2005, as set out below. The revised Rules amend the categories of visitors who are admitted without charge and extend charges for admission to include all weekdays from 1 March to 31 October.

Rules of Admission

1. The Garden is open throughout the year except for the period 24 December to 1 January inclusive. There are two entrances, one in Bateman Street and one in Hills Road.

2. Times of opening and closing, and charges for admission, are as follows:

(a) Time of opening

The Garden is open from 10 a.m. daily; the Glasshouses are normally open from 10 a.m. until 3.45 p.m.

(b) Time of closing

The time of closing varies from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. according to the season of the year. Details are given on a notice posted at each entrance

(c) Admission to the Garden

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

A charge is made for admission to the Garden on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays during the period from 1 March to 31 October. Admission is free of charge on these days during the period from 1 November to 28 (29) February.

Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays

A charge is made for admission to the Garden on Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays throughout the year. On these days admission is by the Bateman Street entrance only.

(d) Charges

The charge for admission is determined by the Syndicate from time to time.

No admission charge is made for the following categories of visitor:

The following may obtain admission cards free of charge: all persons working in the Department of Plant Sciences, and the Botanic Garden; any other persons engaged in botanical research in the University or in the teaching of botany as part of a recognized course of study in the University who are using the Botanic Garden and its facilities in the course of their work.

Application for an admission card should be made to the Director; an admission card is not transferable.

3. All visitors to the Garden must give their names and addresses if requested to do so by a member of the Garden staff.

4. Cycles, including children's bicycles and tricycles, must be left in the spaces provided for them near the entrances and must not be taken further into the Garden.

5. Children below the age of sixteen years are not admitted unless accompanied by an adult, and must remain in the company of an adult while in the Garden. Children are not allowed on the Limestone Rock Garden or on the Ecological Mound.

6. Perambulators may be brought into the Garden and may be taken into the Glasshouses.

7. No games, sports training, or jogging are allowed.

8. No radios or sound reproduction equipment, or musical instruments may be played in the Garden.

9. A permit is required for photography using a tripod or stand, or for any commercial photography. Application should be made to the Director. A charge will normally be made for commercial photography.

10. Refreshments brought into the Garden by visitors may be consumed in the area provided (Grid reference G5, 6, 7).

11. Dogs are not admitted except guide dogs for the blind, hearing dogs for the deaf, or assistance dogs for visitors with other disabilities.

12. Smoking is not allowed in the Glasshouses.

13. Visitors may not gather or handle the plants unless permission has been obtained from the Director.

14. The Director or Superintendent has authority to exclude from the Garden or from the Glasshouses any person who is considered to be guilty of misconduct.

15. Parties intending to visit the Garden must obtain permission from the Director in advance.


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Cambridge University Reporter 28 July 2004
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