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What are other educators doing to support the GSPC? - Target 14

Target 14: The importance of plant diversity and the need for its conservation incorporated into communication, educational and public-awareness programmes.

Do you run school’s programmes about habitats and ecosystems, looking at plant/animal interactions and our own connection and place in these interactions?


Our schools, adults and family programmes address these issues
Louise Allen, University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Currently programmes looking at trees – how they work, links to animals and plants, food chains and holiday children’s events
Cath Armstrong, Bedgebury Pinetum
We write a news letter that goes out to schools, some of the areas covered include plant diversity. Also occasionally covered on school visits
Royal Horticultural Society

Interactions emphasised in rainforest tails
Dr Neil Paterson, University of Dundee Botanic Garden

Virtually all schools programmes work on through teacher training days, info sheets, exhibitions and displays
Gail Bromley, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Primary age school visits, geared towards habitats, ecosystem study, basic ecology and food webs, pointing out human impact in all this – both positive and negative.
Michael Holland, Chelsea Physic Garden

Natural history centre – school visits – 5000, informal visits 3000, per annum
Mandy Tulloch, University of Aberdeen, Cruickshank Botanic Garden

Our whole site is built around this – particularly targeted at public with a broad social/class base (C & D groups) Use of art and music and performance to engage these groups.
Sue Minter, Eden Project

Run a six week programme working with special needs schools groups, aged 6-19, carrying out woodland work, sowing, growing wildflowers, making bird boxes and so on.
Kim Pierpoint, Thrive

Run school programmes about habitats and ecosystems, also ‘Talking Plants’, series of public talks held over the summer.
Liz Marrs, Chester Zoo

Schools programme at Eden, canopy season trail, workshop, gardens for life, education for sustainable development Compass Rose
Pam Horton, Eden Project

Core work for the education team – 10,000 visits a year on taught programmes
Trevor Roach, National Botanic Gardens, Wales

Programmes offered for schools. Apple Day includes demonstration, beehives, information about pollination, diversity in orchards, etc.
Christine Preston, University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens

We are a public garden, concerned with displaying and interpreting plant diversity, via comprehensive schools programmes, formal and informal learning.
Garden staff contribute to university undergraduate lecture programme, field courses etc.
Karen Van Oostrum University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens