Love Lincs Plants


Barrie Wilkinson

Celebrating Lincolnshire's wonderful plants!

Plants are really important. We eat them, build with them, wear clothes made from them and breathe the oxygen they create. That's why we think #BotanyisAce!


Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is leading a project to preserve Lincolnshire’s botanical heritage and inspire and train future botanists.

Look out for the inspiring programme of events around Lincolnshire over the coming years until Autumn 2020.

For more about the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and previous projects funded with their support, check out our dedicated page by clicking below.

Heritage Fund

Inspirational Plants

As part of the project, we have selected 30 Inspirational Plants selected for their human connection with the person who collected them. It is hoped that these Inspirational Plants will form a collection which will tell a story of the local flora and its importance personally.

Take a look below at the collection so far.

Love Lincs Plants project reports

Find out how the project is progressing thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and hear about the latest news from project partners. Read the latest report here or download all the project reports so far below.

I have a few specimens at home and really think that when mounted and

displayed are a work of art. What a great project idea and a wonderful way for

the next generation to learn about botany.

Chris Packham
BBC Springwatch & University of Lincoln visiting professor

Project aims

Inspired by Sir Joseph Banks, an 18th Century Lincolnshire naturalist who voyaged around the world with Captain Cook, the project aims to:

Introduce children to the importance of plants in the modern world

Sadie McGlone

Inspire young people to train as the botanists of the future

Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Train volunteers in traditional plant collecting and archiving skills

Matthew Roberts

Preserve Lincolnshire's botanical heritage with a new collection of Lincolnshire plants

Get involved

Our events are currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. If you would like to join our mailing list to hear about our future events and how you can get involved, email

All events

On hold

Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Botanical Courses for 18 - 35s

On hold

Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Collection events

On hold

Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Project partners

As well as the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, other project partners include the Natural History Museum, Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union, Sir Joseph Banks Society and the University of Lincoln. Click below to browse our partners websites and find out more.

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum (NHM) in London is a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. As part of the LoveLincsPlants project, the NHM provide invaluable advice on the collection, mounting and storing of plant specimens, and have led courses and talks for the project.

The NHM will also store plant specimens collected by the LoveLincsPlants project to form a new contemporary herbarium to incorporate into their British & Irish herbarium. This collection will be digitised and the specimen data and images will be made publically accessible. You can view the collection online here.

University of Lincoln

The LoveLincsPlants project support the University of Lincoln's BSc (Hons) Ecology and Conservation degree. The degree aims to provide a broad understanding of the subject, encompassing the study of key aspects of modern ecology, evolution, and both plant and animal biology.

The project will help to provide botanical expertise for students enrolled on the course. More information on this degree can be found here

Sir Joseph Banks Society

Joseph Banks Society

Sir Joseph Banks Society

The Sir Joseph Banks Society is playing a key role in the mounting and storing the dried specimens for the LoveLincsPlants project, allowing us to hold a contemporary herbarium here in Lincolnshire, as well as the larger collection at NHM in London. 

The herbarium is located at the Joseph Banks Centre in Horncastle, Lincolnshire and can be viewed by prior arrangement by contacting the Society on their website here.

A team of volunteers have been trained as part of the project, and are in the process of scanning specimens to be publically accessible. You can view the collection online here.

Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union

The Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union (LNU) is the only amateur Natural History Society covering the whole of Lincolnshire. Members study, record, hold meetings, supply information, publish books, exhibit, discuss and learn.

As part of their ongoing outdoor field meetings, the LNU have been involved with the collection of plant specimens across Lincolnshire.

If you want to get involved with this years plant collections, why not join the LNU at one of their upcoming field meetings? Your specimens could end up at the Natural History Museum in London!

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Keep in touch

Tel: 01507 526667