Botanic Gardens Conservation International

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) is a membership organisation representing a network of 500 botanic gardens in more than 100 countries, including the largest and most influential gardens in the sector. BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, and aims to collect, conserve, characterise and cultivate samples from all of the world’s plants as an insurance policy against their extinction in the wild and as a source of plant material for human innovation, adaptation and resilience.

BGCI received £135,000 to scale and embed the success of the ‘Communities in Nature’ initiative through a three-part strategy: promoting the evidence of impact; building and supporting an international alliance of ‘social role’ gardens.  This was then followed up with £12,000 to launch an evaluation report of the ‘Communities in Nature’ initiative and disseminate its findings.