The Botanist x BGCI Year Two Announcement



Learn more about the second year of our partnership with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and the vital projects we’re supporting in the fight to preserve plant biodiversity and promote conservation.


Botanic Gardens Conservation International was established in 1987 to link the botanic gardens of the world in a global network for plant conservation. BGCI is an independent UK charity with its head office located at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

BGCI’s membership and larger network has grown consistently over the years, and now includes more than 500 botanic gardens in more than 100 countries worldwide. Its aim is to unite botanic gardens and other organisations committed to saving the world’s threatened plants.

They also support the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation at a global, regional, national, and local level. They work directly with its members and other plant conservation organisations, carrying out threat assessments, seed conservation, ecological restoration, plant health and education projects around the world.


The Botanist has had sustainability woven into the fabric of its being since inception. The 22 hand-foraged botanicals were chosen because of their abundance on Islay, and they are foraged carefully and considerately to ensure population health is maintained across the island.  Bruichladdich distillery set up The Botanist Foundation in 2015, to work on plant biodiversity and conservation causes on Islay and beyond. In year one of our partnership with BGCI, we supported five projects, and in year two, we’re adding three more projects, extending further north, and into Asia!

We provide annual support to the Global Botanic Garden Fund through The Botanist Foundation, managed by the distillery. The Global Botanic Garden Fund provides essential funding for plant conservation practices, policy and education, infrastructure development, training for plant conservation and international partnerships for smaller botanic gardens. Recipients of this year’s funding from The Botanist include the San Francisco Botanical Garden, United States, who are attempting to conserve rare magnolias through grafting, and work with extremely rare trees endemic to India and Canada.

Map showing BGCI projects supported to date


Douglas Taylor, CEO of Bruichladdich Distillery said:

“The Global Botanic Garden fund is more important now than ever, supporting conservation efforts in a world changed by Covid-19. I know many botanic gardens around the world were forced to close and endure a difficult year, while the fight to prevent the extinction of vital plants continued.

“We’re really excited by the projects we’re supporting in year two. With sustainability and the relationship between humans and nature at their core, the projects really resonate with us at The Botanist. I wish them all the best of luck and look forward to continuing our partnership with BGCI with some exciting developments later in the year.”

Dr Paul Smith, Secretary General, Botanic Gardens Conservation International said:

“The Botanist’s support for botanic gardens, worldwide, has never been more important in tackling the climate and biodiversity crises during the COVID pandemic. We are grateful to Douglas and the team for their foresight and commitment to these issues, and are delighted that our partnership goes from strength to strength.”


Holly Jones is leading the project in Canada

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