Spittlebug survey

Botanic Garden Conservation International’s (BGCI) International Plant Sentinel Network is promoting a survey to gather data on the host range of spittlebugs (as part of an effort to protect the UK from Xylella fastidiosa). BGCI’s International Plant Sentinel Network (IPSN) has been asked by Defra to help with some work […]

Kew Mobile Museum Project

Economic botany at Kew – background The Museum of Economic Botany at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was originally established in 1847 as a public repository for ‘all kinds of useful and curious Vegetable Products, which neither the living plants of the Garden nor the specimens in the Herbarium could […]

International Agreements for Plant Conservation

With over 20 per cent of plant species considered at risk of extinction, and many tens of thousands still awaiting discovery, three world-leading research institutes in Scotland and China have signed landmark agreements to address the challenges of understanding and conserving plant diversity. Species repatriation, shared research into plant pathogens […]

Observatree tree pest and disease stakeholder training.

Observatree tree pest and disease stakeholder training. One day free courses in London and Edinburgh. The successful and pioneering tree health citizen science project ‘Observatree’ is offering two, 1-day stakeholder training sessions on tree pests and diseases during June and July.  These events are aimed at introducing the range of […]


LearnToEngage is an exciting new suite of professional development modules for botanic garden and museum educators in Italy, Portugal and the UK. These blended learning modules (a mixture of online and on-site learning) will enhance engagement of your audiences, and support the vital educational role of botanic gardens and museums. […]

Big Picnic

BigPicnic is an international, multi-stakeholder project that aims to generate debate by bringing together the public, scientists, policy-makers and industry to help address the global challenge of food security. BigPicnic shared their first newsletter in May and their website has lots of useful resources to help you take part and work with […]

Blooms for Bees

Gardeners across the UK are being invited to join in a citizen science project – Blooms for Bees – which sets out to discover which flowers are bumblebee favourites. The project is led by Coventry University’s Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), in partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society […]

Request for information regarding Torrey Pine, Pinus torreyana.

The San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research is pursuing a research study assessing the conservation value of existing ex situ collections of the endangered Torrey pine, Pinus torreyana, and is seeking to connect with botanic gardens with Torrey pine collections. This iconic pine occurs naturally in only two […]