PlantNet: The Plant Collections Network
of Britain and Ireland
PlantNet is the national network of botanic gardens and arboreta
in Britain and Ireland. It exists to promote botanical collections
as a national resource for research, education and conservation
and to facilitate networking and training among holders of plant
collections. PlantNet works alongside a range of national and
international organisations, including the European Botanic Gardens
Consortium and Botanic Gardens Conservation International, promoting
high standards in all aspects of plant collections management
and conservation. With over 80 institutional members, including
botanic gardens, the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland,
English Heritage and the Royal Horticultural Society as well as
other documented plant collections, PlantNet is also responsible
for creating best-practice guidelines for the management of this
huge genetic resource. Membership is open to anyone who is interested
in the aims of PlantNet.
Science Communication Activities
Meetings and Events
PlantNet organises meetings, conferences, and training workshops,
covering everything from design and display of plant collections,
glasshouse plants, trees and record-keeping, to plant identification
and visitor studies. See the PlantNet website for details of coming
Copies of the PlantNet Directory of Botanical Collections in
Britain and Ireland are available from PlantNet at £10 each
plus £5 postage and packaging. Members receive regular newsletters
with news and information from botanic gardens, arboreta and other
plant collections in Britain and Ireland.
Friends and Volunteers
Meetings for and about Friends and volunteer groups in botanic
gardens are organised from time to time, to share experience,
ideas and best practice.
PlantNet aims to promote and increase the use of plant collections
for education. Collections can be used for education for all ages,
from pre-school activities to learning in retirement, and informal
and formal teaching linked to schools, colleges and universities.
Botanic gardens are particularly well placed to raise public awareness
of plant diversity and conservation.
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