The Botanist joins forces with BGCI to further the conservation of rare and endangered plants.
Following on from our B Corp accreditation, we’re delighted to announce a new partnership with BGCI, an organisation representing Botanic Gardens in more than 100 countries around the world.
Who are BGCI?
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.
Why have we joined forces?
The Botanist’s mission is to help people reconnect to nature. We recognise the significance of plant conservation and biodiversity, which is why we set up The Botanist Foundation, with a mission “to work with the people of Islay and beyond to further the understanding and conservation of the island’s biodiversity.”
Since its inauguration in 2015, we’ve supported plant conservation and environmental projects on Islay. Our interest stems from our passion for plants and progressive agriculture and our commitment to looking after the island that has given us the 22 botanicals that go into The Botanist. As a sustainability-conscious producer we feel a responsibility towards the plants themselves, as they increasingly become threatened in many parts of the world. Now, in addition to our existing projects, The Foundation will sponsor BGCI’s Global Botanic Garden Fund, through specific initiatives set out within the partnership between BGCI and The Botanist.
We spoke to Dr Paul Smith, Secretary General, Botanic Gardens Conservation International who said:
“Together, we will prevent the extinction of plant species and raise public awareness of the value of plants to people. We are thrilled to be working with the great people at The Botanist and Bruichladdich Distillery. Through their support to BGCI and their own sustainability efforts, The Botanist demonstrates not only best practice, but true leadership.”
We’ve kicked off the partnership by backing the first Global Botanic Garden Fund. The Fund supports plant conservation practices, policy and education, infrastructure development, training for plant conservation and international partnerships for smaller gardens.