Come and see some rare and unique local plants
Press release issued: 22 May 2008
Plants from all around the world including a collection of rare native plants and the unique flora of the Avon Gorge will be on display this weekend.
Bristol University’s Botanic Garden in Stoke Bishop will be holding a Biodiversity Awareness Day this Sunday, May 25.
The curator of the Botanic Garden, Nick Wray, will introduce the planning and planting of a series of rare native habitats at 11 am, followed by a tour of the garden by local botanist, Libby Houston.
There will also be an exhibition on the current research into the rare Sorbus (Whitebeam) populations in the Avon Gorge and River Severn area and a chance to see some of these unique trees.
During the day there will be regular guided tours of the garden highlighting the diversity of plants grown, their uses, conservation threats and conservation successes.
Nick Wray said: “This is a unique opportunity to see and learn about some extraordinarily rare and unique plants that grow locally and world-wide. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our Biodiversity Awareness Day.”
The University of Bristol Biodiversity Awareness Day will take place on Sunday 25 May. The garden will be open from 10 am to 4.30 pm. Admission is adults £3.50, school-aged children £1.
Further informationThe regular Garden opening days are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday 10 am to 4.30pm, plus Saturdays during July and August. Entry is £3.50, £1 for school-age children.
Entrance to the Garden is free to members of the Friends of the Botanic Garden Association and University of Bristol staff during opening hours.
Members of the public wishing to support the work of the Botanic Garden should join the Friends of the Garden. For more information go to, www.bris.ac.uk/Depts/BotanicGardens/friends/who.htm or write to Susan Redfern, The Membership Secretary, 24 Dublin Crescent, Henleaze, Bristol BS9 4NA.
Directions to The Holmes
From the city centre go to the top of Whiteladies Road, at the junction and traffic lights go straight ahead across Durdham Down towards Stoke Bishop. At the traffic lights go straight ahead and take the first turning on the right into Stoke Park Road, The Holmes is 150 m on the right.