Botanic Gardens Conservation International
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The Sylvia Scholarship Fund - Providing training to conserve and restore plant diversity

I am pleased to bring to your attention the Sylvia Scholarship Fund.

The Fund is dedicated to the memory of Sylvia Oates who taught and inspired for over 40 years and loved the natural world.

I would greatly appreciate your help to develop this legacy.  Already the Fund has enabled 11 people to attend the Global Education in Botanic Gardens Congress which was held in Mexico in November 2012. Future grants will provide bursaries to botanic garden staff from developing countries participate in training courses and exchange visits.

This is a fantastic legacy in memory of an inspirational individual.  Please help us continue her work.

To donate click here.


With sincere thanks

Sara Oldfield

Secretary General BGCI 


Why education and training is vital to plant conservation

Wild plants which are of vital importance for the health and welfare of millions of people face extinction as a result of habitat destruction, over-exploitation and climate change.  Botanic gardens offer hope for the Earth’s future, maintaining collections of  around 30 percent of the world’s imperilled flora and  providing options for restoration of degraded habitats. Increasingly botanic gardens are working with local communities to improve lives and livelihoods. Training is urgently needed to ensure that botanic gardens can meet critical plant conservation and restoration challenges and play a vital role in education. BGCI provides this dedicated fund to support the plant conservation initiatives of botanic gardens in developing countries where the needs are most urgent. 

Meet the people who have already benefited from the Sylvia Scholarship Fund

Click on the photograph to read the stories from the peple who attended the Global Education in Botanic Gardens Congress in Mexico City 2013.



In 2015 the Fund will support two African delegates to attend BGCI's 9th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens


How to make your donation
Donations can be made here


or by following this link to our donation page:

Or you can send a cheque made payable to BCGI, Descanso House, 199 Kew Road, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3BW, UK and mark your donation for the Sylvia Scholarship Fund.

We are very grateful to any donation you make and look forward to posting more stories from those people who benefit from your gift.


Who can apply:

BGCI will anounce when the application process is open keep an eye on the BGCI homepage for details.