Spread the Composting



Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a rich, uniquely biodiverse natural environment. Grade II*, it is one of the UK’s most significant, historic botanic gardens and is one of Birmingham’s most treasured heritage sites, occupying 15 acres in a stunning landscape setting.

JC Loudon’s inspirational botanical garden and iconic glasshouses continue to inspire today.

But in these challenging times, we need to work harder and smarter with nature.

We are raising funds for new, environmentally sustainable composting facilities that will help us to enrich the soil and improve conditions to enable the plants – and the Gardens themselves – to thrive.


Our composting redevelopment project will replace the existing 60-year-old structure with a new facility that can process 200m3 of green waste per year, reducing our operating costs by £15,000 a year.

We will begin the project as soon as all funding is in place, with the aim of completing it in spring 2023.

The cost of this much-needed facility project is £101,000.  With support from prestigious environmental trusts, most of the funding is secured, but we need your help to raise £15,000, so the project can go ahead, or we lose our grants.

Can you help us by donating to ‘Spread the Composting’?

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Compost is a vital ingredient for gardens and as the current guardians of this beautiful space, we know how valuable it is to help our thousands of plants to thrive every year.

Compost not only helps us to dispose of green waste, it conditions the soil and improves its fertility, helping our varied living collections to thrive.

Using compost has a multitude of benefits: it saves water by helping the soil hold moisture; adds nutrients to soil that helps plant growth; encourages healthy root structure; balances soil pH (acidity), and prevents erosion.

An effective composting process is pivotal to our ability to sustain a varied ecosystem of plants, and soil biodiversity is key to our success.

Since 1829, we have been devoted to conservation, sharing public education and growing plant diversity.

As a registered and independent charity, Birmingham Botanical Gardens, we receive no regular public funding. Instead, the Trust relies on income we can generate from visitors, members, grants we can secure and generous donations from people who share our vision to nurture and make the Gardens accessible for everyone now and future generations. Your donation, however much, will make a difference and is very important.

Please support us by donating with a card via our website, via JustGiving, writing a cheque or donating in person/cash with our staff.

Please note: the funds may be paid to a landfill operator and gift aid may not be eligible. Your donation really will make a difference.

Thank you.
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