Plants and Climate Change Talk: Professor Mary Gagen

  • Friday 10 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.

‘Tree Rings and Climate Change, Looking Back to See the Future’ by Professor Mary Gagen of Swansea University

Mary is a Professor of Geography at Swansea University and a climate scientist. Her research explores the information about past climate change that can be gleaned from the annual growth rings in tree trunks. She is a National Geographic Explorer and passionate about science education and inclusivity. Mary works with colleagues at Swansea University to run the Swansea University Science for Schools Scheme, part of the pan wales EU-funded Trio Sci Cymru programme, and Oriel Science, a project seeking to open a science centre in Swansea. Mary will share stories hidden in ancient trees from around the world, and explore how trees can start conversations about climate change.

Introductory talk titled ‘Ornamental Plants: Our Future Invaders?’ by Tomos Jones, a PhD Student at the University of Reading.

Our gardens are home to 17,000 plant species introduced from all over the world. A small number of these ornamental plants have become invasive, having a detrimental impact on native biodiversity. Climate change could provide opportunities for more plants to become a problem. The challenge is knowing which plants might become our future invaders. This is the topic of Tomos’ PhD at the University of Reading and gardeners are crucial to his approach to this challenge. Join Tomos – a gold medallist at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – to learn how gardeners can help identify future invaders and how to understand the impact of climate change on invasive plants escaping our gardens.

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.