University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Last updated: 22 November 2022

Address and contact details
Bracken Hill, North Road, Leigh Wood, Bristol, BS8 3PF
Tel: 01179 733682
Fax: 01179 733682
Latitude: 51° 27' 07" N
Longitude: 02° 37' 55" W
Background to the collection
Year founded:1882
Ownership:University of Bristol
Garden code:BRIST
Umbrella organisation:PlantNetwork individual, Botanic Gardens Conservation International
Mr Nicholas Wray
Contact person: Mr Nicholas Wray
Total Staff:7
Physical environment
Altitude:100 m
Soil type:Clay, alkaline
Total area:2.22 ha
Area heated:200 m²
Weather recordsRecords kept
Average daily:9.62 °C
Av. monthly max:13 °C
Av. monthly min:6.2 °C
Average annual:960 mm
Month of maximum:October
Month of minimum:July
Plant collection
Geographical area(s) of specialisation:
Northern Europe, Southern Africa, New Zealand
Special families within the collections:
Crassulaceae, Labiatae, Cistaceae, Scrophulariaceae, Geraniaceae, Proteaceae, Bromeliaceae, Rosaceae
Special genera within the collections:
Sempervivum, Pelargonium, Hebe, Aeonium, Salvia, Cistus, Protea, Banksia, Fascicularia, Sorbus
Special collections:
Conservation collection of threatened species of the South West Peninsular, UNIV – 36 Genera, 47 Species.
Record Keeping:Kept since 1976
Record System:word processing
Plant-collecting trips:National
Facilities on site
Library:Yes. Horticulture and plant identification
Research facilities:General biological laboratories
Publications:Garden guide, index seminum, annual report, occasional leaflets
Identifications:Undertakes free identifications for the general public. Internal verification of material
Teaching and Education:Public education. Potential for primary, secondary, higher and taxonomic
Interpretation:Supervised garden walks, signs, brochures, lectures
Friends Organisation:Yes
Visitor facilities:No
Access to the collections
Public access:Free
Public opening hours:Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm
Sat-Sun: By appointment
Guiding principles behind the collection
The Garden has a wide programme of Adult Education Courses. The Garden is funded as a teaching resource. It has in recent years developed a programme of continuing education courses to expand the teaching that it does to a wider section of the public.
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