Charter and Bye-laws

As a registered charity, we are incorporated and governed by a Royal Charter and by Bye-laws that are approved by our members

Amendments to Society’s Bye-laws

RHS members voted in favour of the proposed amendments to the Society’s Bye-laws.

The results of the poll were:
For 496
Against 29

The amendments include provisions such as the enablement of virtual AGM meetings, which were not previously included, and also improving understanding and updating language, for example using the word ‘email’ rather than just the term ‘electronic communication’.

CESVotes were appointed as an independent scrutineers to conduct the poll and ensure the proper conduct of the ballot.

The changes fall into the following categories:
  • Amendments affecting Council procedures;
  • Amendments to provisions around Membership and general meetings;
  • Reflecting the flexibility in the Charter to change the size of Council; and
  • Other minor amendments

See details of the new RHS Charter and Bye-laws outlined in the below document.

Further information

Additional information on rules and regulations are available below:

For more information, please contact the Secretary by email at [email protected].

More about the RHS

About the RHS: Find out more about us and our aim to inspiring everyone to grow.

Who we are: Learn more about the people behind the RHS.

What we do: See what underpins all we do as a charity.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.