University of Leicester Botanic Garden in national finals of Britain in Bloom

Posted by pt91 at Jul 28, 2017 12:18 PM |
Exquisite garden to be showcased as part of Borough of Oadby and Wigston

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 28 July 2017

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY:  12.45 – 13.00 on Wednesday 2 August at University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Glebe Road entrance, Oadby LE2 2LD.  Please report to the Glebe Road entrance by 12.40pm to be escorted to the interviews/photo opps . Please confirm attendance by ringing 0116 252 2415 or email pt91@le.ac.uk

Images of the garden are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5yzb9hiacvtcfdr/AADshW9Bo6OVxdBrTAaqGZ0Fa?dl=0

The University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden is to take pride of place in the prestigious national Britain in Bloom finals.

On Wednesday 2 August, Oadby & Wigston borough will be representing the East Midlands region in the Britain in Bloom competition.

Following a tour of the borough, the judges will finish their programme with a visit to the picturesque Botanic Garden in Oadby guided by its Director Dr Richard Gornall.

The Mayor of Oadby & Wigston, Samia Haq, who recently graduated from the University, will be in attendance along with senior representatives of the University.

Dr Gornall said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Britain in Bloom competition. We pride ourselves on being the most diverse garden in the region and hope the judges will find much of interest to them. The key features of the Garden include the water, parterre, sandstone, rock and fuschia gardens, and the desert and tropical greenhouses.”

The Borough is representing the East Midlands in the competition which is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Oadby & Wigston has been a regional Gold Award winner for the past 7 years and this year is entered in the Small City Category where it is one of 79 finalists vying to win a coveted Gold award and be named one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the UK.

Simon Lucas, Chair of Pride of the Borough said: “Our aim is to get the whole community involved, whether you’re a beginner gardener or a seasoned expert. Even just adding a few plants to your front garden, planting up a container or picking up litter on your street can make a big difference to making the borough of Oadby and Wigston a greener and more pleasant place to live.”

The Botanic Garden is visited by thousands of schoolchildren for whom it is an educational resource linking in with their classroom projects. With a focus on global biodiversity, it is also open to the public who can see and learn about a wide range of plants that grow in the extensive collections from around the world.

As an academic institution engaged in teaching and research, our mission is to:

• Maintain the most diverse garden in the region, in terms of plants, conservation collections, landscape features, and historically and architecturally important buildings;

• Underpin scientific research and teaching at the University;

• Devise and provide education programmes aimed at all age groups, reaching out into the wider community to demonstrate the contemporary significance of plants in a rapidly changing world.

More about the Botanic Garden here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/botanic-garden/gardarb

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