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The South London Botanical Institute (SLBI), founded in Tulse Hill in 1910, provides a unique environment to help people explore the world of plants. People of all ages and backgrounds attend a wide range of events (such as talks, walks and workshops), and use our library, dried plant collection, education rooms and botanic garden. We also run school visits and holiday activities, including nature hunts in our garden, the exciting use of microscopes not available in all our local schools and a wide range of craft activities. Skilled volunteers are a key part of the SLBI, so our work also allows people of all ages and backgrounds to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence.
We are a hidden gem in the community, with 5,000 visitors each year enjoying science, gardening and art. We aim to bring together children from a range of local schools and neighbourhoods through school visits and family activities, so they can learn about the science of plants and their importance in today’s world.