Legacies & donations


If you have enjoyed being a member of BSBI or have been inspired by the varied resources available on this website, why not leave a legacy or make a donation to the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland?

Why does BSBI seek financial help?

Our membership supports our Identification Handbooks and other publications, our scientific journal, our Conferences and Field Meetings and basic administration. We aim to keep our subscription affordable to all.

That leaves our main training, outreach and research programmes in need of financial support. Many of their activities are illustrated on this website.

BSBI employs staff to support our voluntary botanical field-recording network, to collect and interpret the field data and to make the findings available to all conservationists and botanists. This is financed partly by public sector grants, but these are typically limited to half the costs so the other half must be found from the private sector, mostly from legacies and donations to BSBI.

BSBI Training & Education works with educational partner organisations to deliver affordable courses suitable to the needs of aspiring botanists of all ages, and much more - see the Training page. All of the supporting funds come from legacies and donations to BSBI.

How can you help?

Legacies in a will should be left for the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland at its registered address: 28 Chipchase Grove, Durham, DH1 3FA. Such gifts are usually left for the general purposes of the Society but if there is a particular BSBI cause close to your heart, please ask our Finance Manager about leaving a legacy for a specific purpose.


Gifts of any amount to the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland may be remitted direct to Gwynn Ellis, our Membership Secretary. We would request that donors please consider completing a Gift Aid declaration (available from the Membership Secretary) if they are making the gift out of income subject to UK tax, as this enables BSBI to claim a tax repayment. Contact our Finance Manager Julie Etherington if you'd like to find out more.

You can also make a donation to the BSBI using the buttons below from your PayPal account or via your credit/debit card.

Sterling donations

Euro donations

Did you know...

Millions of people in the UK (approximately a third of people over 55 and two-thirds aged 35-54) die without making a will, so the money they leave behind could all go to The Crown.

Did you know...

Legacies to BSBI are paid free from Inheritance Tax as BSBI is a registered charity in England and Wales (1152954) and in Scotland (SC038675).

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You can benefit those you want to help by using a qualified solicitor to make a new will or to amend an existing will. To find a solicitor in your local area, go to the Law Society’s website.