The BSBI promotes the study of flowering plants and ferns throughout Great Britain and Ireland. It organises field meetings, an annual exhibition meeting and lecture meetings, and publishes the New Journal of Botany, BSBI News, handbooks and conference proceedings.
Founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, the Chelsea Physic Garden was for many years one of London’s hidden delights. In recent years it has opened its doors so that people can enjoy its collection of 5,000 living plants, and attend a variety of plant-related courses.
Founded in 1878, the FLS was one of the first organisations in the world devoted to the study of traditional culture. Based at the Warburg Institute in London, the Society holds meetings, publishes the journal Folklore and the informal newsletter FLS News.
Founded in 1910, the SLBI, offers a wide range of inexpensive courses, field meetings and lectures, encouraging people of all ages to discover more about plants and fungi. It also maintains a valuable botanical library, a herbarium, and London’s ’most compact’ botanical garden.
Based in Cornwall, and run by Marcus Harrison who has over 35 years of experience of using wild plants as foods, the Wild Food School runs a variety of events encouraging people to explore the countryside and enjoy eating native plants.