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Communities in Nature: Growing the Social Role of Botanic Gardens

BGCI supports botanic gardens to grow their social role; this means working with their local communities on common issues of social and environmental importance, for the enduring benefit of those communities, the gardens themselves, and towards a sustainable future for our planet.

Find out why this work is important, discover the range of projects we’ve supported and explore how botanic gardens are working with communities across the world.

If your garden is interested in collaborating with BGCI to develop its social and environmental role, please let us know by completing this form


Manuals Publications    

Explore community projects that are happening world-wide.

This animation introduces why it is important for botanic gardens to grow their social role

 Read Caring for your community: a manual for botanic gardens


Download pdf

  Relating social inclusion and environemental issues in botanic gardens in Environmental Education Research 

Growing our Social Role in Public Garden


Développer notre rôle social

Unsere gesellschaftliche Rolle wachsen lassen

Rozwój roli spoĹ‚ecznej ogrodów botanicznych

Aumentando o nosso papel social

Desarrollando nuestra función social


The history of Communities in Nature

  In 2010, BGCI commisioned a report to investigate the social role of botanic gardens. This was the first research of its kind and built the foundations of the pilot community projects - the first step to growing the social role of botanic gardens.

In 2011, BGCI led a project which allowed three UK botanic gardens to pilot and evaluate small scale community projects, with the aim of reaching out to the local community and growing their social role.     

The lessons learned during the pilot projects allowed BGCI to mentor four more botanic gardens as they structured, implemented and evaluated their own projects. In 2012, each garden ran a project, working with under-represented audience groups from their local communities.

Get more information and read the  Research Report.  Get more information about these projects and read the Summary Evaluation Report.  Get more information including summary videos and read the Evaluation Report.


There is also more information to be found about these and other projects on the Communities in Nature Blog.


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