Scores of visitors took the opportunity to see the very best seasonal colour nature can provide over the weekend. Kew’s country garden, Wakehurst (near Haywards Heath) laid on a series of guided walks around the 465-acre estate which houses one of the world’s best-known botanic gardens.
Everyone was catered for with a selection of tours at Wakehurst which ranged from a 45-minute stroll on flat terrain to a two-and-a-half-hour excursion, through the woodlands, to see plants from across the globe.
The conservation of plant species in botanical gardens and seed banks is an important complement to conserving species in their natural habitat. It is therefore necessary to give the same attention to the biological diversity represented in ex situ conservation facilities as is often given to protected areas.
Molluginaceae are a family of herbs and small shrubs of arid lands. However, DNA studies have shown that not all species attributed to this family are the closest relatives of each other. Several genera have already been removed from Molluginaceae and placed in other families.
One outstanding project will receive £120,000 of funding to create an inspiring wild flower haven full of colour and wildlife for everyone to enjoy – we want you to help us decide who wins.There is a shortlist of five projects: City to Sea in Plymouth, Cody Wilds in East London, Love Square in Sheffield, People’s Plant Collection in Bristol and Tale of Two Cities in Liverpool and Manchester.
In the first week of September, 87 global species conservation assessments from Tropical Africa’s first Red Data Book for Plants: J.M. Onana and M. Cheek, Red Data Book of the Flowering Plants of Cameroon, Kew Publishing (2011) were reviewed, updated and edited on the IUCN online Species Information Service (SIS). These are expected to be released on the IUCN Redlist website in November 2014 and will be the largest block of new Tropical African assessments appearing there this year.
On 5 September 2014, the Director of Science, Professor Kathy Willis, signed a five-year extension of the Memorandum of Collaboration agreed with Cameroon. It was witnessed by the Head of Biodiversity Programmes of the Ministry of Science and Scientific Innovation (MINRESI) and Head of the Institute of Agronomic Research & Development-National Herbarium of Cameroon (IRAD-HNC), Dr Jean-Michel Onana.
Plants are truly remarkable: even with all our modern technological prowess they still feed, clothe and shelter us, help transport us and can intoxicate and cure us. Authors Helen and William Bynum are expert guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of over 80 key plants in 69 entries, revealing our relationship with them, both utilitarian and aesthetic, and their multiple benefits and cultural associations.