10 October 2012
As the Threatened Plants Project lists and looks for all the rare cultivars in the land, we are so grateful to all the volunteers who are helping.
Plant Heritage members in 17 Groups are now listing tens of thousands of cultivars in hundreds of different genera, and Collection Holders are already saving half of all plants identified as threatened.
Meanwhile, four people from Plumpton College in East Sussex have been helping Plant Heritage with both the project and Collections research. Gary Jones, a horticultural lecturer there, has been contacting all the botanic gardens in Britain and Ireland (yes, that’s over 150 of them) by phone, email or letter to ask them for plant lists, particularly of cultivars.
Since the original 400-acre College farm was bought back in 1919, Plumpton College has certainly seen a lot of changes.