The Alameda Gardens were founded in 1816 at the initiative of the Governor, General George Don in order to provide an area for recreation in Gibraltar.
For many years they served this purpose but in the 1970s they fell into a state of disrepair. The Gibraltar Botanic Gardens project began in June 1991 when the Government of Gibraltar contracted a firm of environmental managers, Wildlife (Gibraltar), to restore the gardens and convert them into a botanic garden.
The Gardens therefore aim to:
* Restore the aesthetic beauty and interest of the Alameda for the benefit of visitors to the gardens establish a living collection representative of Gibraltar and its hinterland.
* Display a collection of plants from Mediterranean climatic zones around the world.
* Contribute towards the conservation of the flora of Gibraltar and its hinterland.
* Establish a collection of succulents from around the world.
* Contribute towards the dissemination of information about plants, their economic value and their conservation by means of an active educational programme.
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