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Nicholas Wray, Curator, University of Bristol Botanic Garden

Nick is responsible for developing and interpreting the Botanic Garden’s plant collections and promoting them as an educational and conservation resource. He is involved in teaching on the University’s BSc Biology degree, including co-teaching on second year field courses, supervising third year projects and recently developing circular initiatives with Medical and Engineering Departments. A large part of his work centres on public education and outreach. He has worked with the small team of dedicated Botanic Garden staff and large team of volunteers to create a vibrant programme of public engagement courses, activities and events, both at the garden and in the city. The Ballast Seed Garden is one such project which involves other city-based partner organisations. He has developed the horticultural design, planting and interpretation for the project and has led many interpretive tours and talks. In 2016 he was awarded the RHS Associate of Honour for his distinguished service to horticulture in the course of his working life. The award recognises his work of more than 30 years at the garden and for his role in creating the new Botanic Garden at The Holmes, which was the first new university botanic garden to be moved and redeveloped in the UK for nearly 40 years. The Botanic Garden volunteers received the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in June 2018.