The Chelsea Physic Garden Company

Composting for Conservation

Chelsea Physic Garden sustainably cares for 4,500 plant species from across the globe, whilst educating and engaging the public. One way we do this is by composting our plant material, reusing it onsite and educating people about its benefit to plants, the environment, biodiversity, and wildlife.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (286513)

Check mark Match funded




  • Arts/Culture/HeritageArts/Culture/Heritage
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Chelsea Physic Garden needs better composting facilities to recycle waste, conserve plants and habitats, and educate and engage the public. Our onsite composting needs urgent maintenance to function and be a safe space for our gardeners, volunteers, and learners. If we cannot improve our facilities, we will have to send waste to landfill and our soil quality and plant health will suffer. We will also not be able teach people about composting, encouraging sustainable living.


If we repair our composting facilities, we can recycle plant matter and not send it to landfill. This will improve our sustainability and help us become NetZero. New facilities will help us create good quality compost, aiding the health of our plants. This will improve soil and flora biodiversity and habitats for minibeasts and their food chains. We will share best practice and guidance to our audiences, through our learning programme, and promote the benefit of composting for conservation.

  • We took brightness home, and a communal understanding of the beauty of the green world.

    — Community Leader

  • I have always loved Chelsea Physic Garden as a garden and for its long and fascinating history. It survives because of its constant innovation, both in horticulture and by maintaining its relevance as a charity and botanical collection.

    — Monty Don

  • There is something magical about the garden that raises my spirits.

    — Adult Learner