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Our Privacy Policy

We at Scotland’s Gardens Scheme are committed to protecting your privacy. Outlined below is information about how we use and protect your personal details. Whenever you provide information to us, we are obliged to protect your details in line with laws concerning data protection, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Bill 2017. If any of this information is unclear or you would like further details, please contact us and we will be happy to help.

What information we collect about you

If you use our website, we do not collect any personal information about you. We do not use cookies for our website, though we do sign up to Google Analytics to better understand how people use our website. For more information, see the cookies section below.

When you consent to sign up to our charity Newsletter, we request limited personal information. This includes:

  • • your email because our Newsletters are sent through email
  • • your name so we can personalise your Newsletter email
  • • your postcode so that we can better understand the geographical spread of our supporters and make our Newsletters as relevant as possible.

How we use the information about you

We use personal details only for our Newsletter and will never use them for any other purpose without first getting your permission. We strive to send our Newsletters regularly, about monthly during our opening season unless there might be a special event.

Because we use Mailchimp for our Newsletters, they provide us with tracking information about Newsletter performance. This includes statistics about whether the Newsletter email is opened and about opt-outs including the reason for opting out.

How we protect your personal details

We use Mailchimp to manage our sign-up activity and their “double opt-in” process to help ensure that no one can sign you up without your knowledge. Once signed up, your details are held by Mailchimp and under their security. We do not keep any copy of your information, nor will we ever supply your details to any third party.

Access to your information and correction or deletion

You can request to see your details held by us. Also, we are happy to update your information if required. You can also correct your information by opting out and then signing back up to our Newsletter again with updated information.

If you wish to see or otherwise update your information with us, please contact us using the email which we hold for you so that we can be certain that it is really you. We will require you to verify your identity before acting on any request.

You will always have the option to opt-out of our Newsletter. Each Newsletter has an opt-out option at the bottom of the email. We will keep your details only so long as you are happy to receive our emails, if you opt out your details will be permanently deleted by Mailchimp. We do not hold a copy of your personal details.

Other websites

We use several applications to support our website and these may have their own data usage and cookie requirements. These applications include:

Google Analytics – to help us to understand our audience

Google Maps - for our garden search

Mailchimp – for our Newsletter sign-up

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – icons on lower right corner

We are obliged and do monitor the privacy policies of any organisation that we interact with in terms of data to ensure that they are compliant with the EU data protection laws.

We also have links to other websites, such as our Beneficiaries, Partners, and Sponsors. These links will lead to these organisation’s websites which will be outside of our Data Protection Policy.

Please check with these organisations for their specific privacy policies.


Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. This information is used to track visitor use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. We do not use cookies for our website operation, however Google Analytics, used by us, does. We use Google Analytics to keep track of how people use our website so that we can ensure a useful website. All of the cookie interaction for this activity is anonymous, so does not involve any personal information about you.

You can learn more about cookies from the internet including how to set your browser not to accept cookies and how to remove cookies from your browser.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this website page. This privacy policy was last updated on 21 May 2018.

How to contact us

You can contact us at Scotland’s Gardens Scheme using the link on the footer of this page or by clicking here.

If you are unhappy with the way we handle your personal details and you are unable to resolve this with us, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office.