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Cultivate 69: Happy New Year!

- February 2018




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  No. 69 (February 2018)

Cultivate from BGCI

Happy New Year!

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Dear Cultivator,

We hope you are settling into 2018. This year promises to be another busy one for BGCI, with our Education Congress taking place in Poland in September  (more details below) and our attention firmly focused on our ever-growing portfolio of projects around the world. However, as we move forward, it is also useful to take a moment to reflect on our achievements to date. BGCI has recently published its 2017 Member’s Review,which includes some impressive statistics from our work last year. In 2017, we trained 957 people from 310 institutions in 48 countries, while our work with the Global Trees Campaign supported the integrated conservation of 120 tree species in 17 countries, generating over 450,000 seedlings for reintroduction and reinforcement planting. During the year, BGCI disbursed funds totaling US$ 1,048,250 to botanic gardens and other botanical institutions. As always, this figure is many times what we receive in membership subscriptions and is an indication that membership of BGCI is a good investment in our community of botanic gardens.

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News from BGCI

Theaceae Red List

Long a horticultural favourite, the Red List of Theaceae was published by BGCI in December 2017. More than a third of the world’s Theaceae species are threatened with extinction. Sadly, the report also identified two species as Extinct in the Wild, the Franklin tree, Franklinia alatamaha and Camellia amplexicaulis, highlighting the urgent need for conservation action. The report also includes an ex situ survey, indicating that 49% of threatened Theaceae species are not currently held in an ex situcollection. Read the full report


GTA website launch

The Global Tree Assessment, one of BGCI’s flagship projects, aims for conservation assessments for all the world’s tree species by 2020. In December 2017, we launched the Global Tree Assessment website ( Explore the website to find out more about our work towards our 2020 target, our partners and how to get involved! Contact for more information.


Big Give follow up

BGCI took part in the Big Give Christmas Challenge in December 2017 to raise a fantastic £19,748. This year funds will be used to support our island tree conservation projects. BGCI is currently working to safeguard tree species from extinction in Fiji, Mauritius, the Seychelles and Haiti. Island tree species are often at risk due to extreme weather and invasive species. Many thanks to all our supporters! 

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Get in touch

Conservation Arboriculture survey

BGCI is carrying out a survey to establish an online directory of professionals, expertise and facilities on Conservation Arboriculture / Tree Conservation Horticulture.

Your participation will benefit both stakeholders, with specific interest in tree conservation, as well as the conservation community at large. The information you provide will be made available on the[]B[]GCI and the Global Trees Campaign websites. The deadline is 28thFebruary 2018Take part


Case studies for technical review

BGCI is compiling a Technical Review on how botanic gardens and arboreta represent excellent value for money and return on investment, financially, socially and environmentally.

We are particularly interested in reports commissioned by botanic gardens, and carried out by third parties, that show how botanic gardens:

  • Contribute financially to the local, regional or national economy.
  • Deliver educational services for local authorities (e.g. schools programmes, adult education).
  • Deliver social services to the local community (e.g. mental health and well-being, volunteering opportunities, act as cultural hubs etc.).
  • Deliver environmental data, services or advice to government or civil society.

If you are aware of any such studies, please contact


Access and benefit sharing – implementation examples

BGCI is presently working with the Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute on a project entitled ‘Promoting the use of plant resources in research and development’. This project is funded by the UK’s Darwin Initiative. As part of this project we are gathering practical examples of measures that ex situ collections, research institutions and their networks are taking to ensure that they acquire, use and transfer plant genetic resources and share benefits in compliance with national and international laws, respecting the rights of provider communities and in accordance with mutually agreed terms. The examples, which cover a range of issues including Codes of Conduct, data management, benefit sharing, working with local communities and awareness raising, can be viewed here

We are seeking further examples of institutional and network ABS measures! Please send suggestions to


Functionality of botanic gardens survey – now open

Alaa Nayyef, from Curtin University and Kings Park Botanic Garden in Perth, Western Australia, is carrying out a survey to determine the resources and conservation focus of botanic gardens from a range of phytogeographic zones. The results from the survey will form part of a research programme to support and promote the development of botanic gardens in arid regions.  Take part 


Consultation on “A National Strategy for the UK’s Forest Genetic Resources”

A workshop in April 2017 convened a group of invited experts to consider the activities related to understanding conservation and use of Forest Genetic Resources (FGR) in the UK. As a result, a small steering team was formed and tasked to develop a draft Strategy. The Strategy includes: in situ conservation via gene conservation units, ex situ conservation including the UK National Tree Seed Project, tree improvement via a link to the National Tree Improvement Strategy, sharing knowledge and co-ordinating genetic studies including via a database of studies, the Sustainable Seed Sourcing Project and outreach activities.

If you would like to review the Strategy please contact Clare Trivedi at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Millennium Seed Bank Partnership. 

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Training and conferences

New e-learning modules on red listing 

BGCI has created a suite of e-learning modules on red list assessments of trees. There are four modules in this series which together offer an introduction to tree red listing for anyone interested in getting involved with red listing of tree species. Explore the first two modules 


ICEDIG opening conference 

ICEDIG opening conference – Transforming natural sciences collections for the digital age. Hosted by the Finnish Museum of Natural History Luomus, in Helsinki, Finland, the consortium of the Horizon 2020 ICEDIG project “Innovation and consolidation for large scale digitisation of natural heritage” invites participation in this event, which will take place on 6th March 2018Find out more


Global Environments Summer Academy 

Global Diversity Foundation (GDF) is pleased to announce the call for applications for Global Environments Summer Academy 2018. Since 2011, GDF has welcomed 96 emerging environmental leaders from 54 countries with backgrounds in academia, civil society, government, the arts and the private sector to be involved in this highly selective academy. GESA 2018 will be held in Oxford (UK), in collaboration with the University of Oxford's Environmental Change Institute and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science, from 25th July to 11th August 2018. The deadline for applications is 15thMarch 2018


AZH Annual conference

The Association of Zoological Horticulture annual conference will be hosted by Assiniboine Zoo, Winnipeg, Canada from 27th to 30th August 2018. The call for presentations is now open. Find out more   


Save the Date:  Global Partnership for Plant Conservation Conference -  28th to 30th August, 2018

The Global Partnership for Plant Conservation (GPPC), in association with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and BGCI, is organizing a conference, hosted by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) in Cape Town, South Africa. The conference aims to bring together plant conservation scientists, policy makers and practitioners from across the world to consider the future of plant conservation, and in particular to develop ideas for a global plant conservation strategy for the post-2020 period. 


More information will be available on the BGCI and Plants2020 websites shortly.


10th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens - 10th to 14th September, 2018 at the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden

Call for abstracts

The call for abstracts is now open. We are accepting proposals for sessions and presentations in a range of formats. Based around the themes of the congress:

  • City Gardens
  • New Educational Tools
  • Working Together
  • Supporting Formal Education
  • Reaching New Audiences
  • Measuring Impact
  • Education in Polish Botanic Gardens

The deadline for abstracts is 18th March.

Find out more including how to submit



Now open! Register by 30th April to receive the early-bird rate!

Early-bird fees

Registration type


BGCI member

400 EUR

BGCI Non-member

450 EUR


250 EUR

Polish days only

500 PLN

Daily rate

100 EUR

Find out more about fees and register


Congress Tours

To complement the Congress programme we are also offering two exciting post-congress tours. One taking in the national parks of Poland and the other, its coast. Prices range from 200-265EUR. Sign up during the registration process.

Find out more 


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New members


The Grounds and Gardens University of Exeter 

Lystigarður Akureyrar



Alexander N Davila 



P. A. Brett 

Claire Elias  

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Conservation assessments for plants – are we making progress?

A paper just published by BGCI and the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew reports that conservation assessments are now available for a quarter of all known plant species.  Find out more


Plant Collection “Half-life:” Can Botanic Gardens Weather the Climate?

By looking at records from Montgomery Botanical Centre, this paper outlines how botanic gardens collections can and are adapting to climate change. Find out more