PlantNetwork is the national network of botanic gardens, arboreta and other documented plant collections.
- Promoting botanical collections in Britain and Ireland as a national resource for research, conservation and education.
- Facilitating networking and training among holders of plant collections through a programme of conferences and workshops and a regular newsletter.
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19th October 2017. Treborth Botanic Garden, University of Bangor. Case studies on managing university gardens and collections for research, partnerships & visitor attractions. We will include how to develop management plans and Spirit of Place that helps to relate collections to host institutions core aims.
3rd and 4th May 2017. Mount Stuart garden tour on the afternoon of the 3rd. Plant Records training day on the 4th 9.30 – 15.00hrs looking at minimum data requirements, data quality, risks and processes. We will be able to discuss how we all us use our plant records, common issues and compare notes on different systems.
27th September 2017. 9.45 – 16.00 hrs. Westonbirt Arboretum. A day which will re launch our Tree Forum and we will look at techniques and common issues in successful tree establishment.
26th and 27th April 2017. Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Our annual conference in 2017 will focus on how we work link our collections and gardens with other sites, engage with our local communities and take an interdisciplinary approach to how we manage our gardens and plant collections. We will focus on three themes that connect our gardens and our staff and visitors; conservation, knowledge and enjoyment.
Cambridge Botanic Garden, 6 December 2016
36 people met at Cambridge University Botanic Garden for the new Glasshouse Forum meeting. Attendees heard about rationalising collections by effective collections policies.
11-12 October 2016 Manchester.
34 people attended or Skills and Standards Annual Conference In Manchester to hear 13 speakers speak on plant health, climate change, collections management and horticultural standards and skills. We also chose the event to launch new Forum Groups and delegates discussed issues and future training needs relating to our Forum Group themes of Plant Records, Tree Management, Propagation, Glasshouse Cultivation and Botanical Heritage.
We want to encourage the sharing of skills and interests amongst our members. Forum Groups will help us gain closer links with our membership, create demand led training and keep PlantNetwork up to date with current issues and skills needs.
Wakehurst Place 13th July 2016. A practical field based training day spending the day looking at the range of meadows at Wakehurst and behind the scenes to learn about machinery, seed preparation and the nursery.
Eden Project, 12 May 2016. As holders of living collections we understand the importance of keeping plant records but how often do we hear of interesting ways our records are being used? This meeting focussed on Positive Plant Record stories.
4 & 5th November. Wollaton Hall, Nottingham.
22nd October 2015. Wakehurst Place. West Sussex.
A day providing an overview of the Nagoya Protocol and how various organisations and gardens are responding to this legislation, held at RBG, Kew on 19 February 2015.
For 2016 we can now launch our PlantNetwork garden tours. Four gardens and their managers have very kindly offered to open their garden gates, potting sheds and experience to us all.
EuroGard VII poster by Pamela Smith on Assessing the historical significance of plants in cultivation in UK botanic and historic gardens and arboreta.
A 1.5 day event on tree safety management which was held at Yorkshire Arboretum. July 2nd and 3rd 2015.
PlantNetwork has moved, which means both our address and phone number have changed from July 2015.
22 July 2015 – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
20 March 2015 – University of Leicester Botanic Garden