Help restore our
historic glasshouses
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Every donation of £100 and above will be matched by the JCBT up to a total of £500,000. Ends 31 March 2021

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The Challenge

We need your help to raise £1m to restore our historic glasshouses. 

In 2019, with the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) we brought together a team of heritage conservation experts who have finalised our plans to restore heritage, cultivate and share stories, and protect our plants for everyone. 

The total cost of the project is £2.75m. We have received amazing support to date and are asking NLHF for a further £680,700 to complete the restoration. Your gift can make all the difference to our success.

The Hothouse Challenge aims to raise the final £1m to put these plans into action, with the help of The John Browne Charitable Trust (JBCT). JBCT was established 20 years ago by Chelsea resident Lord John Browne of Madingley to support causes associated with his life as an engineer, businessman, patron of the arts, and son of a Holocaust survivor. To find out more, please visit:

All donations welcome until 31 March, JBCT will generously double those from £100 up to a total of £500,000. Together we can raise the temperature! 

Tropical Corridor restored
New displays and climate controls
An engaging andinspiring activity programme
Better access for all and a new visitor route
All glasshouses restored for future generations

How your donation will help

An enduring part of London’s heritage, our glasshouses contribute to the special atmosphere of the Garden as a ‘living museum’. They are as rare as some of the plants they house, needing support to survive.

Help us share the importance of plants and bring new stories to life. Your support will see the glasshouses become like living laboratories, with new interpretations and activities for all ages.

Plant conservation is at the very heart of all that we do. Help us to support plant health and improve visitor access. Together we can provide the optimum climate for growth.

A thank you from Nell Jones, Head of Plant Collections

As London’s oldest botanic garden, our collection of 5000 plants reflects the important role plants play in the survival and wellbeing of humankind with their many uses – from edible to medicinal.

Whilst I am Head of Plant Collections now, I started at Chelsea Physic Garden nearly ten years ago as a volunteer who was getting into horticulture. I trained here and know and love the glasshouses. I have probably raised 50,000 plants in them and helped conserve the many rare and precious species they house.

Like me, they have been working hard and are showing the effects! It makes me sad to see them in such a state of disrepair, despite our best efforts to care for them. They were built to be admired, rather than hidden away, but now need a lot more work than us Gardeners can do alone. I hope you can help us by donating to their restoration.


Help us raise the temperature – be part of the Hothouse Challenge.

All donations welcome until 31 March 2021, those of £100 and above will be matched by The John Browne Charitable Trust up to a total of £500,000

If you would like to donate by cheque please make payable to The Chelsea Physic Garden Company and send it to Fundraising, Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London, SW3 4HS. Alternatively, if you would like to make a bank transfer please get in touch with us directly.