Join us for botany online during Covid-19!

Like everyone else in the world, those of us at the SLBI suddenly had to make big changes to our lives and work in March this year, due to Covid-19. As a small, independent organisation, we were lucky to be able to be adapt quite quickly and flexibly. Our current grants have meant that we’ve …

Spring & Summer Programme 2020

We were just finalising our April to September programme when the COVID-19 crisis hit us all, so we haven’t actually publicised it yet. However, we thought you might like to know what events we had planned, in the hope that some of the later ones still might happen, and most of the earlier ones will …

Thanks from Roy Vickery, SLBI President, in COVID-19 shut-down

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Greetings from the SLBI. Like others we’re currently shut down and have suspended all events until at least 12 April. However much is progressing behind the scenes, and we are grateful to: – Our staff, our administrator Nell Gatehouse, our individual giving co-ordinator Julia Minnear, our project manager Caroline Pankhurst, and …

SLBI closed until Easter 2020

I’m writing this working from home, in line with these difficult times of COVID-19. I hope that you’re all keeping well and managing to find a bit of nature, in a safe way, wherever you are.  You won’t be surprised to hear that the SLBI is going to have to close its doors for a …

The SLBI declares a climate emergency

The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) has joined organisations around London and the world in declaring a climate emergency. The announcement was made following a meeting of the SLBI’s Board of Trustees on Thursday 6 February 2020. In line with the SLBI’s charitable objects, the organisation has always been committed to sustainable development (meeting the …

From garden volunteer to airport pest control

Another guest blog as we celebrate ‘Volunteers’ Week’ – a big thank you to all of our volunteers, including Charles, whose experience here has landed him a great job at Manchester airport… Hello! I’m Charles and I’ve volunteered at the SLBI for just over 2 years now – I started in my gap year before …

The SLBI as a Greek student – An unforgettable experience!

A guest blog from Pavlos, our Greek intern, who sadly leaves us today……. Monday the 1st of April 9:00 am, I was walking silently towards the front entrance of the South London Botanical Institute to begin my volunteer training. The institute is nothing like the modern more corporate institutes and large corporations that nowadays students …

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 …