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Kew and BGCI celebrate the start of the International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education

27 April 2012

The long awaited International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education finally gets underway. Ten students from around the globe were welcomed onto the five week course by the organisers Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and BGCI.

The course is offering the students a broad and comprehensive training in botanic garden education.  Topics include: the theory and development of education for sustainability; audience development; interpretation; international policy and legislation; schools education; community; volunteers; festivals; social media; project development, and; fundraising for education.

Students also participate in a number of field trips.  Two weeks into the course and they have already visited Wakehurst Place, the country estate of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the University of Oxford Botanic Garden.  Students will also visit Hilliers Arboretum and the Eden Project to compare how interpretation is addressed by two very different institutions.

Towards the end of the course students will be given time to research and develop their ideas for an education project relevant to their situation.  They will write the project up on the return to their home countries and submit it for fulfillment of the International Diploma.

For further information and how to apply please visit


 Students during their visit to Wakehurst Place to learn about primary and secondary education.  From left: Satu Jovero, Finnish Museum of Natural History, Finland; Irina Popova, Gareev Botanical Garden of the National Academy of Science, Kyrgyz republic; Ekaette Ukobong,  Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Nigeria;  Corey Barnes, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, USA; Gesche Hohlstein, Botanic Garden, Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Berlin; Liz Hood (back) Toronto Botanical Garden, Canada; Sema Çevik, Nezahat Gokyigit Botanic Garden, Turkey; Clare Cockwell, Falklands Conservation, Falklands Islands; Richard Aspden, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Australia; Susan Allan, Wakehurst Place, UK; Hitendra Ram, Minor Forest Produce Processing and Research Centre, India

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