On Monday 19th June 2012, The National Trust opened a brand new Plant Conservation Centre, where rare plants from across the country will be propagated and cared for to create one of the most diverse collections in the country.
The site, based in East Devon on a 2.5 acre facility, cost almost £700,000 to create. Opened by international plantsman Roy Lancaster, the centre will feature –
- plant propagation facilities
- plant collection management
- expertise and training for staff
Head of Gardens at the National Trust, Mike Calnan, said –
The National Trust’s portfolio of plants is of immense importance and is one of the most significant collections in the UK. The aesthetic, historic and botanical value of the plants is what makes the gardens we look after so special and give pleasure to more than 12 million visitors each year. This is the most important plant conservation initiative from the National Trust for more than 60 years and will have a legacy for decades to come.
With the spread of plant disease in the UK increasing, this facilities opening is in perfect time to save many specimens that are under threat. The Centre will continue to build on the work that has been ongoing at Knightshayes Court in Devon, and help staff to record and prioritise the special plants that require immediate propagation to save them from disease.
Roy Lancaster said –
The new Plant Conservation Centre is a hugely important development for the National Trust, creating for the first time a single facility dedicated to the vital work of conserving the important plants in its properties.
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