Join our Big Botanical Birthday Challenge

It’s been a tough start to 2020.  We’re grateful to everyone that has stuck with us through the Covid-19 crisis. It’s been heartening to see more people getting involved in our online talks and workshops, as well as interacting with our posts and videos on social media.

While we’ve been able to put some elements of our work online, there are other areas that have taken a hit. In particular, reduced income from room hire and events means less funding available to support our important education work with schools and families in future. This is particularly worrying since at this time of ecological crisis, we need even more people to learn about the importance of plants.

That’s why we’re setting up a fundraising challenge as part of our 110th birthday celebration. Funds raised will go towards the SLBI garden, collections and education work during this difficult time and will help secure our future. So if you’d like to support a local charity that is working for a sustainable future, we hope you’ll join us!

How it works:

1. Choose your challenge

Your challenge could be anything from identifying all the trees in your neighbourhood, to drawing a flower or plant a day, or keeping a nature journal for a month. Get inspired by our list of ideas, or come up with your own. There are no rules except to follow government guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the code of conduct for enjoying wild plants.

2. Get sponsored

Set up a secure JustGiving page and let your friends and family know about your challenge so that they can sponsor you. Find out more and set up your page here: You can also download a sponsorship form from our website, or get in touch and we’ll post one to you. 

3. Complete your challenge

Take photos or a video if you can. Join our Facebook group, tweet us on Twitter (#SLBIBotanicalChallenge) and share the outcome of your challenge with other SLBI plant lovers.

4. Celebrate!

The money you raise will go directly to our core work – inspiring more people to study and care about plants. As a small local charity, any donation, large or small, will make an enormous difference to our work. 

Your challenge can take place anytime between now and 31st September 2020. Join now by visiting: 

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