For many people, spending time engaging with plants and people who work with them is an important social activity. A visit to a botanic garden or any other kind of environmental centre is an opportunity to learn interesting new things and enjoy the beauty of the natural world. Visitors who go on to become volunteers particularly value the opportunities it creates to meet like-minded others, form social connections and play an active role in the community.
Plant-based learning can also deliver wider benefits to communities. Many centres encourage visits from people experiencing social isolation, to introduce them to new experiences and help them feel a part of their local community.
Visitors on a guided group tour with a National Trust volunteer guide at Hidcote Manor Garden
© NTPL/Arnhel de Serra