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What are other educators doing to support the GSPC? - Target 8

Target 8: 60% of threatened plant species in accessible ex-situ collections, preferably in the country of origin and 10% of them included in recovery and restoration programmes.

Do you or your team take guided tours around a seed bank? Do you have discussion groups with college students about ex-situ conservation methods and the ways that botanic gardens are involved with conservation?


Colleague working for national collection in two species of cacti and some species of orchid. Importance of these programmes discussed in presenter talks to the general public.
Liz Marrs, Chester Zoo

Guided tours for public of plant collection (national collection of genera)
Royal Horticultural Society

Hons. students auditing our collection for endangered species
Cooperating with SCRI (Scottish Crop Research Institute) – potato seed bank held there, we are growing the more obscure varieties for public display
Wild collected Chilean monkey puzzles in cultivation from seed
South Georgia plants under cultivation for public display
Dr Neil Paterson, University of Dundee Botanic Garden

We grow plants from the conifer conservation programme within the arboretum
Louise Allen, University of Oxford Botanic Garden

Yes we do this for adults and schools – take them around the nursery
Cath Armstrong, Bedgebury Pinetum

Collection of Chilean (Valdivian) plants held as part of the International Conifer Conservation programme (with Edinburgh Botanic Garden)
Sue Minter, Eden Project

Our existing programmes e.g. Sorbus leyana (Uk’s rarest tree) programme is a key interpretive feature.
Trevor Roach, National Botanic Gardens, Wales

Training session in horticultural training area. Run courses for adults on seed collecting – touches on wider issues. Holds own seed bank and is involved in a small seed exchange programme.
Christine Preston, University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens

Run a ‘Success with Seeds’ course, which involves a visit to our seed bank. Also offer tours of the seed bank to certain groups.
Karen Van Oostrum University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens

Produce and use materials on Millenium Seed Bank and so on with GCSE plus groups.
Gail Bromley, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew