The Botanist: Foundation
Part-funding a PhD through the UKCEH (UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology) exploring the genomics of the threatened native juniper with the aim of informing its future management in the UK.
BOTANIC GARDENS CONSERVATION INTERNATIONAL
Established a partnership with BGCI (Botanic Gardens Conservation International), an ongoing, relationship which in 2020 funded vital plant conservation projects all over the world.
ISLAY HIGH SCHOOL SENSORY GARDEN
Development of a sensory garden at a previously neglected site at Islay High School, for the enjoyment of all pupils and staff but tailored to benefit those pupils with additional needs.
ISLAY POLLINATORS AND WILDFLOWER INITIATIVE
Guided by the research and surveying funded in previous years, we funded the sowing of beneficial wildflowers and partnered with local authorities to reach a more sensitive management regime of roadside verges.
RSPB WILDFLOWER MEADOW
Funding the RSPB to produce extensive botanical surveys from two important sites on Islay, these will guide future management to improve meadow habitats.
WHAT DO WE FUND?
What is The Botanist Foundation?
The Botanist Foundation was set up by Bruichladdich Distillery on the Isle of Islay in 2015 to work with the people of Islay and beyond to further the understanding and conservation of the island’s biodiversity.
What does it fund?
The aim of The Botanist Foundation is to work with the people of Islay and beyond in the fields of biodiversity, conservation and sustainability. We focus on plants and the factors that affect them including climate change, habitat loss and transformation, over and under exploitation, alien invasive species, pollution, clearing for agriculture and other developments.
How do I apply?
Is there anything it doesn’t fund?
We are sorry but we will not be able to consider applications for funding for projects associated with projects incompatible with the Funding Strategy outlined in our application page and:
- Religious practices
- Health and medical services other than plant-based research
- Retrospective funding
- People and animal welfare charities