PlantNetwork, formerly known as PlantNet, is a registered charity run by a board of trustees, supported by an administrator.
Its aims are to promote the use, for the public benefit, of plant collections in Britain and Ireland and of the education of the public in the use of plant collections for purposes of horticulture, science, education and conservation. We also encourage the highest standards of practice in all aspects of the management of plant collections and their conservation for the public benefit.
Each year PlantNetwork organises conferences, workshops and practical staff training days. We encourage and support special-interest groups: the PlantNetwork Tree Forum, PlantNetwork Glasshouse Forum and PlantNetwork Plant Records Group. Other Forum groups suggestions are invited. Friends and volunteer groups also meet from time to time. PlantNetwork was launched in 1996 and liaises with a range of national and international organisations, including the Botanic Gardens Education Network, European Botanic Gardens Consortium and Botanic Gardens Conservation International.
Membership is open to all who support the aims of PlantNetwork. Applications from gardens, members of staff, Friends’ groups, trustees, personal members, colleges and those overseas are welcome. As a member, you will receive:
- regular email and printed newsletters containing news and information from botanic gardens, arboreta and holders of other documented plant collections in Britain and Ireland. Institutional members receive several copies of the Newsletter for circulation amongst their staff, and can send any member of staff to PlantNetwork meetings at the member’s rate.
- invitations to special conferences, workshops and training sessions
- advice and support for yourself and others in your organisation
- on-line Directory of Plant Collections in Britain and Ireland
- The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
- CBD and Plant Collections
- Record keeping
- Plant nomenclature
- opportunities to take part in collaborative activities with other botanic gardens and arboreta.