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Botanical gardens as community and plant science ‘hubs’
A day-trip to the beautiful Winterbourne House and Garden with a tour and talks from experts on local and global botanical topics
Why are botanical gardens important for human wellbeing? Find out at this unique botanical event and enjoy a behind-thescenes guided tour full of inside information about some of the amazing plants. Botanist and ecologist Ian Trueman also shares his knowledge of the flora of the West Midlands. If you are interested in plants, gardens, wildlife or conservation, join us for a fascinating event in one of Birmingham’s hidden gems
Botanical Gardens specialise in the cultivation of the world flora and the talk will begin with the native and other species of plants which are now rare in the countryside but can still be found growing spontaneously in our Botanical Gardens.
One of the tasks of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland is to survey systematically whole counties and conurbations for their spontaneous floras. The talk will briefly show how this is done and describe some of the remarkable features of the Birmingham and Black Country conurbation in relation to the recently completed 1995-2013 botanical survey. These include the survival almost intact of the botany of a huge mediaeval deer park six miles from the centre of Birmingham, fragments of ancient woodland throughout the Black Country, no less than a dozen types of native orchids and unique floras which have developing on waste land after 250 years of industrial history.
The botanical survey revealed the existence of a plant-defined ecological network embedded in the city. This includes fragments of the ancient countryside together with elements of the post-industrial landscape and is now connected by the ubiquitous canal system of the conurbation.
With the award of national Nature Improvement Area (NIA) status, the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country has applied these findings to forward planning, with the objective of strengthening and reinforcing the existing ecological network whilst supporting the needs of a great industrial and population centre. Some examples of how local communities are being helped and funded by the NIA to make new connections in the existing ecological network will conclude the talk.
£6.00: To book, click here. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before start time