Tuesday 4 December 2012

Voicing the Garden

The Winter Garden at the CUBG
Today is a certainly a day of good cheer from those folk at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).  For Cambridge University Botanic Garden (Twitter @CUBotanicGarden) has been awarded a grant of nearly £10,000 as part of an innovative and exciting project entitled 'Voicing the Garden'.

The project at Cambridge is is one of the first to be paid from the HLF’s 'All Our Stories' fund, which was inspired by the BBC programme The Great British Story, which looks at historic events through the eyes of ordinary people.

The aim is to 'collect and share the stories of those horticulturalists who have made the Garden and the Friends and visitors who have enjoyed and influenced this this 40 acre oasis down the generations.' and as Juliet Day, development officer at the Botanic Garden, said: “We tend to always focus on the prime importance of our collection – the plants – but we have celebrated some significant birthdays this year, including 30 years of our support organisation, the Friends, and 60 years of our ‘staying in touch’ organisation for former members of staff.  This got us to thinking about the people behind the plants – those who have helped create the collections, gardens and landscapes and also our visitors, whose support and expectations have influenced its past and continue to shape its future."

There is more about the project on the CUBC Website and if you are or you know someone who would get involved in this exciting project, do contact the Botanic Garden.

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