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EARLY SPRING PLANT SALE

2nd April, 2005

After weeks of preparation the day of the Plant Sale dawned bright and clear.   Peter Hughes and David Shaw had built a splendid cabin where Angela Thompson and Jackie Read were able to  operate the sales counter in comfort.   The spring sunshine brought a brisk trade with sales of  £1200.   Everyone had something to enjoy from the contemplation of the plants for sale, to a walk in the lovely gardens.   All this was done on what seemed to be the first really warm day of the year.   Let’s hope for a repeat on 21st May!

Andrea Roberts

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PRACTICAL PLANT CONSERVATION CONFERENCE AT THE NATIONAL BOTANIC GARDENS, GLASNEVIN, DUBLIN

5 - 7th April 2005

Nigel Brown attended this conference at the kind invitation of PlantNetwork, the national network of botanic gardens formerly known as PlantNet. The aim of this meeting was to examine how botanic gardens and heritage gardens can contribute to the conservation of threatened plants in the British and Irish flora in response to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC - see Friends of Treborth Newsletter no.20).   Over 80 other delegates representing over 50 institutions attended, including Trevor Dines (wearing his Plantlife International hat as well as his Friends!), Russell Sharpe (Gardens Manager at Portmeirion Gardens) and Alison Wadey (first year undergraduate in the School of Agriculture and Forest Sciences, Bangor and keen, practical supporter of Treborth) The conference represented a logical follow up to last year’s very successful meeting in Reading when the principles of GSPC were clarified and five of its main targets earmarked for strong involvement from botanic gardens.

One of the targets highlighted in Reading has become PlantNetwork’s Target 8 Project – the successful cultivation of rare plants in ex-situ collections in order to complement in-situ conservation. Much of this year’s conference at Glasnevin focused on this aspect. Up to date information on the status

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