Botanical Garden Annual Ball boosts appeal

TV’s James Wong joins supporters at Botanical Gardens fund-raiser

Supporters of Birmingham Botanical Gardens turned out in style at the annual Trustees’ Ball, raising funds for refurbishment work to the glasshouses. Nearly 200 guests were serenaded on arrival by retro girl band the Glamophones. After-dinner speaker, TV broadcaster James Wong, entertained with stories of his travels and stressed the importance of botanical gardens in science and education. Dancing was to the sounds of the Subterraneans. The Gardens’ Glasshouse Appeal was launched in 2014 to help raise £1million.


1 James Wheeler, James Wong, Philippa Pickavance

2 James Pritchard, Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard, Jenny Smith, Zoe Perry, Jennifer and Thomas Townend

3 Tracy Horsley, Nick Simkins, Ginny and John Robinson, Ross and Rebecca Northall, Alex Lofthouse, Michael Hadley

4 Tim Abbotts, Nicki Gibberson

5 Jane Stokes, Peter Adams, Harriet Moat, Judy Taylor

6 Jilly Cosgrove, Katie French, James Wong, Suzie Matthews

7 Baljinder Kang, Lakhbir Kang, Surinder Kaur, Kamaljit Kang, Harjinder Kang

8 Mushtaque and Jo Ishaque, Caroline Liberson, Dr Muzaffar Faroqui, Stephanie Faroqui

9. Steve Rea, Sam McHugo, Steve Creron

Contributions can be made to the appeal by visiting the Botanical Gardens and donating £100 to sponsor a pane of glass, or text BBGC16 to 70070 to donate £1.