BSBI Strategy 2021

BSBI Strategic Plan 2021-24

Several years of consultations, workshops and debates across the Society have fed into the development of a new BSBI Organisational Strategy – our plan for what we want to achieve over the coming years and how we will do it. The BSBI Strategic Plan 2021-24 is now available to view or download. Below we summarise the three goals we plan to deliver:

  1. Building a diverse community of botanists to sustain and develop the skill base. This will be achieved through expanding opportunities for existing and new botanists to enhance their skills or simply get more enjoyment out of looking at wild flowers. We will also aim to attract more people, including those from diverse backgrounds, to explore botany, including in urban areas.
  2. Providing high quality, impartial data and interpretation for research and to help address biodiversity loss and climate change. This will be achieved through supporting volunteers to gather scientifically valuable botanical data and providing quality recording mechanisms and data storage. We will make this information available in support of work looking at changes to our flora and the conservation of important plant populations.
  3. Disseminating information to drive a passion for plants. This will be achieved through providing more ways to participate in our activities and growing and improving our print and electronic methods of communication and information provision. We will enhance our website and increase our contact with external organisations and the media.

We’ll be making a few changes to our committee structures and decision-making systems to help us deliver the strategy – find out more in our Governance Plan 2020.

The FAQ on the right sets out some of the questions you may have and aims to answer them but if you have specific questions that aren’t addressed in the FAQ then rest assured, you can always contact our President Lynne Farrell:

One thing that won’t change is that our volunteer members will always remain at the heart of everything we do: BSBI is entirely reliant on, and extremely grateful for, the volunteer effort, time and skills received from all our members and supporters. With the new Strategy we will be better placed to provide our volunteers with all the necessary tools and functions to support them so that together we can deliver our goals and fulfil BSBI’s potential.

In a changing world, our wild plants have never been more in need of the support, understanding and appreciation that BSBI is uniquely placed to provide. Since our inception in 1836, BSBI has repeatedly re-focused and re-structured so that we could meet the demands of the times. Now it is time for us to take another step forward so we are ready to meet future challenges.

Frequently Asked Questions

Work carried out towards the new Strategy was only possible thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund under its Resilient Heritage initiative, which made it possible for us to work with the acclaimed Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Bayes Business School.