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Botanic Garden

History of the Garden

"The first Botanic Garden in Durham was founded in 1925  when the grounds of the science laboratories where laid out as an experimental garden. As the sciences expanded within the University and more buildings were constructed the garden decreased proportionately, and it was decided in 1969 to move the garden to a new site where it could develop undisturbed and develop and idenitity of its own"

This information is taken from and old guide book written for the Botanic Garden in the early 1970's.

If you would like to read more from this guide, you can browse a virtual copy here.

You can also view an online version of a 1985 guide "Birds of the University of Durham Botanic Gardens and Woodland" here.

Below is an image of Hollingside House and Hollingside lane taken in 1964. The fields to the left of the house and above are where the Botanic Garden is today. The cows are unable to enter the garden of the house as there is a "Ha Ha" ditch, which can still be seen today.

Hollingside House in 1964