The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Fascination of Plants Day
Science looking at orchids and other local plants
9-11am Saturday 19th May, Denge Wood, East Kent
You don't have to travel abroad to see spectacular flowers or plants that are important. Using the flora of Denge Wood this guided walk will reveal how special the plants around us are. In addition to a few different species of orchids there are plants that are the subjects of current scientific research. Using the plants we see as a focal point the group will look at how people discover what is edible, plant identification, plant naming systems, plants with medicinal properties and the role of people in managing plant resources.
Your guides will be Dr Dave Roberts, lecturer in biodiversity conservation and orchid expert, and Susanne Masters, ethnobotanist and PhD candidate carrying out research on orchids.
Fascination of Plants Day is an international event to raise awareness of the importance of plants in diverse areas including food, fuel, materials, medicines and their role in environmental conservation. Full details of the day and other organisations participating in events can be found on http://www.plantday12.eu/home.htm