Botanic Garden to celebrate 100,000th school visitor

Posted by pt91 at Jun 23, 2011 10:15 AM |
University of Leicester education programme marks milestone

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 June 2011

PHOTO CALL & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY WITH TOWNLANDS CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL ON FRIDAY 24TH JUNE AT 12noon AT THE ATTENBOROUGH ARBORETUM, CARISBROOKE ROAD, LEICESTER.

The highly popular education programme run by the University of Leicester Botanic Garden is celebrating its 100,000 visitor this summer.

Townlands Church of England Primary School, Leicester, was one of the first schools to visit when the Botanic Garden’s education programme started up in 1993 and the school is bringing two groups of children to the Botanic Garden’s satellite facility, the Attenborough Arboretum, later this month (June 2011).

The Botanic Garden education programmes are aimed mainly at primary and secondary schools.  They have been developed to promote the garden and Attenborough Arboretum as an educational resource, emphasising a global perspective in the National Curriculum.

Director Richard Gornall said:   “Friday 24th June will be a very special day for us.   Townlands Primary School was one of the first schools to visit us in the early days of our education programme, back in 1993, when they were kind enough to act as guinea-pigs for our first activities.

“Since that time, the scope and popularity of what we offer has grown hugely and I am very pleased to welcome Townlands back on what is now their fourteenth visit to us.

“It is especially pleasing and fitting that, according to our records, one of the children in their class will be our 100,000th school visitor.”

Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Ruth Godfrey, University of Leicester Botanic Garden, tel 0116 271 2933, email botanicgarden@le.ac.uk.  

See also the website: http://www.le.ac.uk/botanicgarden

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