Paignton Zoological & Botanical Gardens

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Address and contact details
Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon, TQ4 7EU
Tel: 01803 697500
Fax: 01803 523457
Web site:
Latitude: 50° 25' 33" N
Longitude: 3° 34' 52" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1923
Ownership:The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens
Director: Mr S.J. Tonge
Curator of Plants: Ian Turner
Contact person: Ian Turner
Total Staff:120-250
Total Horticultural Staff:8
Accessions:New material should be, wherever possible, of scientific value and/or should contribute to one of the geographical, botanical or educational themes.
Physical environment
Altitude:25-70 m
Soil type:Clay
Total area:30 ha
Area heated:500 m²
Weather recordsRecords kept
Direction:South and west
Plant collection
Plants:20 000
Notable plants within the collection:
2 Champion trees
Special genera within the collections:
Special collections:
Buddleja, NCCPG
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Corrigiola litoralis
B CR T8 Paignton Zoo
Record Keeping:Kept since 1991
Record System:unknown
Plant-collecting trips:No
Facilities on site
Herbarium:Yes, approx 500 specimens
Library:Yes, general
Research facilities:General biological laboratories
Identifications:Undertakes identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Public education. Potential for primary, secondary and higher education
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, lectures, Interpretation boards of parts of the garden and individual specimens
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:Restaurant, café, gift shop
Access to the collections
Public access:Admission charge
Visitors per year:480,000
Public opening hours:Mon-Sun: 10am-varies
Guiding principles behind the collection
To provide a facility for the maintenance andpropagation of wildlife and, in particular, the breeding and propagation of species which are under threat or no longer exist in the natural environment. To inform and educate visitors, students and the general public about the role of zoos, wildlife, the environment and other matters, using the resources of the zoo and elsewhere. To contribute towards the conservation of the natural environment and the species therein. To generate an income to enable the fulfilment of the above aims.
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