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Current Vacancies

The Caley is currently looking to recruit voluntary new members to sit on its Board of Trustees which we call the Caley Council.

Caley Council Members

Caley Council members share an interest in horticulture and gardening in Scotland, and are trustees of the Society which is a registered Scottish Charity. They have overall responsibility for controlling and managing the charity.  Eligibility to be considered for a trustee role is in line with OSCR recommendations and Scottish Law.

All trustees must be (or become) members of The Caley.

What we are looking for:

We welcome interest from anyone who has an interest in gardening and horticulture in Scotland.

We would particularly welcome interest from a trustee with experience in finance, fundraising or communications/publications.

  • Trustees are appointed by the membership of the society at the AGM held in March. Appointments can be renewed annually for up to a maximum of four years.
  • Caley Council meetings are held regularly, either in person or virtually.

Expectations of a Caley trustee

  • Collective oversight of the affairs and activities of The Caley ensuring they are in line with agreed vision, legal and constitutional requirements
  • Assist with operational matters where input, or specialist skills are helpful
  • Join and participate in at least one of the Council Committees – Current committees include Education, Finance and Shows. Proposed new committees include – Fundraising and Bequeathments.
  • Be prepared to participate and represent The Caley at events.

For further information in this voluntary role, please contact Lewis Normand:

If you would like to be considered for the role, please complete the Note of Interest form below and send to

Note of Interest Form

Some Background Information

The society was established in 1809 in response to a desire to share skills and knowledge, building on Scotland’s horticultural heritage and expertise, for the “encouragement and improvement of the best fruit, the most choice flowers and the most useful vegetables.

Today, our ambition remains very similar:

  • To inspire, encourage and improve the science, art and practice of horticulture in all its branches
  • To advance education in gardening and horticulture for the public benefit in Scotland.

In 2011 the Society began working in partnership with The City of Edinburgh Council on the restoration of Saughton Park. The restoration of the park is complete and now provides the Society with a home base and scope to run activities on site as well as gardening opportunities. The Society has plans and ambitions for the future and is looking for new trustees to join the Council to continue the Society’s exciting future.