the sibbald trust



The Trust

Th Sibbald Trust is an independent charitable Trust based at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In general, Sibbald supports work, activities or matters that would not necessarily have had funding from the Garden; its trustees liaise with Garden management in assessing some grant applications, but maintain independence of thought and deed.


History & Background

In 1978 the Edinburgh Botanic Garden Trust was registered as a charitable trust in the names of Sir George Taylor, formerly Director of Kew Gardens, and Mr B.L. Burtt, a just retired member of the Edinburgh Garden scientific staff. Its aim, as an independent trust, was to provide the Garden with supplementary support for any of its many botanical or horticultural interests. In 1986, the designation of the trust was altered to Edinburgh Botanic Garden (Sibbald) Trust. This was to avoid any possible confusion with the government-appointed Board of Trustees of the Garden who took up office in the same year. Today, the Trust is known simply as the Sibbald Trust.


Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation Policy

Applicants to the ST agree to their data being stored by the Trust for administrative and archive purposes only and on the understanding that it will held securely and not shared with other organisations.

Furthermore you have statutory rights relating to your own personal data:

  • Access – you have the right to know what data we hold relating to you and why, and to receive a copy of it;
  • Rectification – you have the right to have inaccurate information about you corrected;
  • Objection – you have the right to object to the SSHT using your information, and we would have to stop unless we have a sound overriding reason to continue;
  • Erasure, restriction and portability – in specific circumstances, you have the right to have your personal data deleted, to put limits on what the ST may do with it or to receive a copy in machine-readable form to take to another organisation;
  • There are also specific legal rights relating to automated decision making but the ST does not have any such processes.

For more information on your rights under the GDPR see To exercise any of these rights or for more information, contact the ST’s Data Protection Officer.

You have the right to instruct us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes.

You can exercise the right at any time by contacting us at the email address below

If you believe that the ST has failed to manage your personal data appropriately, you have the right to complain to the statutory regulator – The Information Commissioner’s Office


Contact Us

The Sibbald Trust
The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20a Inverleith Row