National Lottery supports SLBI ‘BEST’ project!

We’ve just been awarded £86,500 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for our ‘BEST’ project – ‘Botanical Education: Sustainable and Thriving!’ It’s all about improving our future sustainability. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the grant will enable the Institute to increase its fundraising activity and trial new methods of bringing in …

Support from Pest Control!

We’re delighted to have received a donation of £120 from Inoculand, a London pest control company. Inoculand wanted to support us as part of their ‘Diversity & Community programme’, approaching us by saying that we were ‘exactly the kind of organisation’ they want to be associated with. They’ve also supported other local organisations including Brixton …

Plant Recording for All Ages – HLF project highlights

Time flies and amazingly we’ve reached the end of our 2-year ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’ project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund – started way back in May 2016! During this time, we like to think we’ve made big differences “to heritage, for people and for communities”, in line with the HLF’s aims, with …

What have the Romans ever done for us?

A report on the SLBI’s botanical exchange visit to the Botanic Garden of Rome The good thing about a botanical exchange is that you have a common language – the language of plant names. So even if there’s confusion between English & Italian – like thinking the airport’s full of cows, when actually it’s full …

2017 – What a fun year it’s been!

2017 – what a fun year it’s been! The botany, the talks, all the things we’ve seen… There’s been walking and talking, Drawing and dyeing, All in a beautiful scene. We had ‘Ask the Wood’ And ‘The Great North Wood’, There were Open Gardens, Rain Gardens, Kitchen Gardens and Glowing Gardens, It was mad but …

An A-Z of the SLBI in 2016

So much has happened at the SLBI this year, where do we start? Let’s start with A… Aromatherapy was as popular as ever and this time festive, making beautiful gifts with essential oils. ‘Botany on Your Plate’ was the name of our new project funded by City Bridge Trust, bringing education about food plants to …

Heritage happenings, past and present

As we embark on our new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), ‘Plant Recording for All Ages,’ we thought we’d just reflect on everything we’ve achieved in our last HLF-funded project: ‘Living History: Sharing our botanical historical heritage’. Over the last 2 years we’ve done a fantastic amount with the £100,000 we were …

Another Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the SLBI!

Great news – we’ve just been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £99,600 for our new ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’ project! The project will bring our historic herbarium up-to-date, make it accessible to all and enable visitors to use it for a range of activities. The project will start in May 2016 and will …

Victorian floral fun!

A great day was had by all, yesterday, as visitors flocked here in Victorian costume for our Victorian Variety day. An amazing number of people dressed up for the occasion, and dressed as a Victorian maid opening the door, it was a joy to let them in! All those who came in costume were well …