BGCI is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the Marsh Awards for International Plant Conservation and Botanic Garden Education sponsored by the Marsh Christian Trust. If you know of someone in their early/mid career who has made an outstanding contribution to either of these areas then why not nominate them? The deadline for nominations is 31st July. Find out more
Complete the survey: As well as in depth research into public opinion on food security issues being conducted through our Partner organisations, BigPicnic is seeking to carry out a large-scale survey to look at what motivates people across Europe and beyond to choose the food they eat. This will help us to develop recommendations to shape the future of research and innovation in areas related to food and food security. Complete the survey now!
Keep up to date: The latest issue of Big News from BigPicnic has been published. This edition covers how the Partner gardens are promoting public dialogue on food security with science cafes. Find out more
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BGCI-Minnesota Landscrape Arboretum Grant - deadline today!!
Applications are invited for the BGCI-Minnesota Landscape Grant. The purpose of the MLA grants is to aid botanic gardens or arboreta around the world that are having difficulty in carrying out their mission. The grants may be used for any part of the gardens’ work, operations, conservation, education or research. The size of the grants available are US $500 to US $1000. The deadline for applications is 30th April. Find out more
US tree collections and conservation gap analysis - deadline today!!
This assessment will include an in-depth review of ex situ accessions alongside an in situ analysis of threats and mitigation efforts for wild populations. A final report will highlight key areas of need by genus, region, and species, as well as replicable methods we hope can lead the way for similar studies. Priority tree genera have been targeted: Carya, Fagus, Gymnocladus, Juglans, Lindera, Magnolia, Persea, Pinus, Sassafras, Taxus. The deadline for providing collection information for this analysis is 30th April. Find out more
BGCI / ArbNet Botanic Garden Partnership Programme – deadline extended to 15th May
The deadline for submitting applications to be included in the second phase of the BGCI/ArbNet Partnership Programme has been extended to 15th May. To participate in the programme, all gardens / arboreta must complete this short survey. Successful partnerships that involve BGCI / ArbNet members will be eligible to apply for a small grant to support partnership activities. Find out more
LearnToEngage onsite week
From 5th – 10th February the LearnToEngage team and 20 course participants from botanic gardens, museums and informal education sites in the UK, Portugal and Italy, descended on the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to discuss audience development as part of the Working with Diverse Audiences module of the LearnToEngage training courses. Find out more
Threatened Plants award launched with International Garden Photographer of the Year
BGCI has joined forces with the International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY), the world’s most prestigious photography competition for gardens, plants and green spaces. The partnership will focus on highlighting endangered species of plants through the launch of the Threatened Plants Photographic Award. Photographers can enter images of rare and threatened plant species into the Beauty of Plants category of the main IGPOTY competition. Winners will then be selected by IGPOTY and BGCI.
IGPOTY Competition 12 is now open. Find out more
Do you want to display some of these amazing photos at your site? IGPOTY would like to discuss tailored exhibition opportunities with members of BGCI. This includes a first-time discount. Find out more
Tree planting with schools
Last week, BGCI and Satrfish Malawi visited Bedgebury Pinetum to run three workshops with local schools as part of Save our Cedar. As well as learning about threatened trees and conservation the schools helped to plant Mulanje Cedar seeds that will form part of the work Bedgebury Pinetum is carrying out for the project. Save our Cedar aims to restore populations of Mulanje Cedar (Malawi's national tree) and generate alternative sustainable income for communities currently relying on timber production. Fine out more