May 18, 2012, will be the First International “Fascination of Plants Day”

The UK’s plant lovers will be in for a treat next year when the first ever “Fascination of Plants” day takes place. Organisations such as Kew Gardens, the Natural History Museum, The Eden Project, The British Science Association, universities, botanic gardens and plant research labs will open their doors to highlight the amazing world of plants, and the vital roles they play in our lives.

We estimate there are about 250,000 plant species which occupy just about every niche on the planet. Plants provide the air we breathe, the food we eat and the clothes we wear, not to mention creating a natural spectacle to enhance our lives.

Launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) a special day for plants will take place on May 18th 2012 (www.plantday12.eu). One aim is to plant virtual and constantly germinating seeds in the collective minds of the European and world public, emphasising that plant science is of critical significance to the social, environmental and economic landscape now and into the future.

In the run up to Fascination of Plants Day, Kew Gardens have selected ten of their most fascinating plants, from the giant titan arum rising three metres high to the smallest water lily in the world, with pads as little as 1cm across. The myriad of plants that has shaped history, and continues to affect our lives, is showcased by the John Innes Centre at www.plantsandus.org.uk/
All over the UK plant enthusiasts are preparing to share their passion; a list of current UK partners in “Fascination of Plants Day” is below.

“Fascination of Plants Day” has been adopted by more than 25 countries worldwide and the number is growing. All information about this initiative can be accessed via www.plantday12.eu and is supported by a network of national coordinators who are volunteering their time to promote “Fascination of Plants Day” within their countries. More than 60 scientific institutions, universities, botanical gardens, and museums, together with farmers and companies, will open their doors with a variety of plant-based events for everyone from toddlers to grandparents.

Anyone who would like to contribute to the Fascination of Plants Day is welcome to join in. Just contact your National Coordinator (see below) or the EPSO Coordinator (click on “contact” at http://www.plantday12.eu) to discuss, join in, and get access to all the supporting materials for the Fascination of Plants Day.

The media are also kindly invited to get involved.  Scientists, farmers, politicians and industrialists will discuss and present the latest state-of-the-art breakthroughs in the plant science world and explore all of the new potential applications plant sciences can offer. The Fascination of Plants Day covers all plant related topics including basic plant science, agriculture, horticulture & gardening, forestry, plant breeding, plant protection, food & nutrition, environmental conservation, climate change mitigation, smart bioproducts, biodiversity, sustainability, renewable resources, plant science education & art.

 

Contacts:

Contact in UK: dee.rawsthorne@nbi.ac.uk  Tel: 01603 251457

Twitter: @PlantDay2012

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