The group becomes a CIO

"The Rhododendron, Camellia and Magnolia Group is pleased to announce that it is now a Registered Charity, number 1161254.

The Charity Commission is satisfied that the Group is established for charitable purposes, demonstrated by the public role it serves in the education and conservation of its three plant genera. The Group has now been granted Charitable Incorporated Organisation status, giving the benefits of limited liability within a charitable organisation.

David Millais, Chairman of the Group, which is a Partnership Group of the Royal Horticultural Society, is delighted that the organisation is now a charity, and said "In our application to the Charity Commission, we were able to report on our Shows and competitions, which demonstrate the diversity of our three genera and enable the close study of botanical characteristics; our informative publications and website; our travel sponsorship of young horticulturists; the commissioning of micropropagation of rare plants from around the UK; the sponsorship of several notable plant collections; the guided tours of leading gardens, and of course our work in supporting the RHS, a worthy charity itself. Our charitable activities can be seen across our three genera; they help the public at large, and are not for the benefit of paid up members alone."

The Group, which originated as the Rhododendron Society, launches its Centenary Celebrations this spring, with its main event in May 2016 marking the Centenary of its first AGM at Chelsea Flower Show in 1916."