Plants and Climate Change Talk: Dr Paul Smith

  • Friday 31 January 2020
  • 12pm to 1:30pm
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Plants and Climate Change Talk

In 2019 the Welsh Government declared a climate emergency in Wales and has committed to achieving a carbon neutral public sector by 2030.

On three Friday lunchtimes in January, Growing the Future will be hosting a series of talks focusing on the impact of climate change on our plants, the research being done to tackle this and the role of botanic gardens in tackling and adapting to climate change, and conserving plants for the future.

Enjoy this FREE series while also taking advantage of FREE Garden entry on weekdays in January. Talks start at 12noon.  To book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

‘The Role of Botanic Gardens in Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change’ by Dr Paul Smith

Dr Paul Smith is the Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) and a Trustee of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world, comprising over 600 member botanic gardens in 100 countries. With a career spanning 25 years working in conservation and botanic gardens, Paul joined BGCI as Secretary General in March 2015. Prior to his appointment as Secretary General of BGCI, Paul was Head of the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank and during his nine years at the helm there seeds from over 25,000 plant species were conserved in the MSB, eventually securing seed from 10% of the world’s plant species.

Introductory talk titled ‘Building Resilience Against Climate Change’ by Kim Stoddart, editor of The Organic Way and author of The Climate Change Garden book.

The Organic Way editor and author of the Climate Change Garden Book, Kim Stoddart, will explain how working with nature can make us become climate change savvy gardeners for the future. The talk will include simple and practical advice.

Talks arranged by the Growing the Future project at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.