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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.

 
 
 

                                     
 

 
  Get started on growing your garden's social role.

 

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

 


 

 Explore community projects that are happening world-wide.

 

 



  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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