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What are other educators doing to support the GSPC? - Target 9

Target 9: 70% of the genetic diversity of crops and other major socio-economically valuable plant species conserved and associated indigenous and local knowledge maintained.

Have you set up any projects which work with local people to learn about their usage of traditional crops or native plants? Have you produced any interpretation or programmes based around a medicinal or herbal gardens displays? What about involving local communities with theatre or craft work to utilise their knowledge of plants with the next generation?


Both medieval, herbal and grasses displays, with interpretation, on site.
Liz Marrs, Chester Zoo

We have a new herb garden with a Scottish bed and a new booklet about to be published on the ethnobotany of the wild plants of Glasgow
Louise Bustard, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

We believe there is not enough attention to crop issues and their impact on land use/ wild plant conservation and the impact of trade on them as livelihoods. This is a major exhibition focus for us.
Sue Minter, Eden Project

Friends talks, gardens for life, foundation, Eden diploma in horticulture
Pam Horton, Eden Project

Our ‘Physicians of Myddfai’ exhibition and programmes promote the work about medicinal plants – other economic plants yet to be developed.
Trevor Roach, National Botanic Gardens, Wales

Displays of crop plants interpreted to school groups. Medicinal plant display and trails – for adults and children
Christine Preston, University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens

‘Healthy Herbie’ display explains about plants grown for producing drugs for licensed use. Annual Apple day ‘Visit your lunch’ tours introduction to the plants in your lunch. Interpretation in glasshouse for plants of socio-economic importance.
Karen Van Oostrum, University of Cambridge Botanic Gardens

Work in Argentina with Andean indigenous groups in support of regional agrobiodiversity , disseminating information to local groups.
Gail Bromley, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Involved with Ethnomedica project – cataloguing plant uses (especially traditional herbs) by visitors
Mid-late 1990’s, Moroccan Women’s plant project
Michael Holland, Chelsea Physic Garden