See what primary school children from all over the UK have been up to with The Great Plant Hunt since it launched in spring 09. For the free resources to take part yourself, visit www.greatplanthunt.org
Sadly now extinct in the wild, Kew Gardens has a programme to return the Easter Islanders’ national tree to its native habitat and visitors to the Palm House can see this beautiful tree for themselves.
First shred some leaves, then add tonnes of Royal horse manure, cook on a medium heat and then sprinkle all over your favourite plants!
These popular carnivorous plants from the Carolinas may be difficult to grow at home, but our expert unveils the secret to keeping them in excellent condition.
The Millennium Seed Bank’s Head of Technology and Training, Robin Probert explains the way seeds are collected, stored, dried, cleaned and even x-rayed. Once stored, some will be taken out and grown to check the collection is still viable and this process will reveal a wealth of important information to be shared with our partners around the world. The Millennium Seed Bank project works with over a hundred partners in 54 countries around the world helping protect the planet’s biodiversity.
Plant Hunter Moctar introduces the Plant Detectives. The 10 to 11 year old Plant Detectives will see how Kew scientists identified mystery seeds and then embark on their own detecting challenge. Their mission is to identify mystery solving this will combine observational evidence with creative thinking.
While Kew’s Kirstin Broome was up on the plinth in Trafalgar Square, raising awareness for the work of the Millennium Seed Bank, onlookers were asked what they would save.
Plant Hunter Carly introduces the Thinkers. The 7 to 8 year olds are the Thinkers, learning how to think critically. They are encouraged to reflect on their findings and pool their ideas. The children will explore how we use plants and investigate how they grow successfully.
The Seeds for Life project is a collaboration between Kew Garden’s Millenium Seedbank Bank and five Kenyan institutes with the aim of enhancing conservation in the region and encouraging sustainable use of native plants.
The Great Plant Hunt encourages children to explore the natural world and join other schools in the biggest ever school science project. Find out more and get the free resources for 5-11 year olds, www.greatplanthunt.org