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Wollongong Botanic Garden wins prestigious international accreditation

Wollongong Botanic Garden wins prestigious international accreditation
September 25, 2018

Wollongong Botanic Garden has become the first Australian Botanic Garden to receive Conservation Practitioner Accreditation from Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BCGI).

The Botanic Garden joins a select group of 11 gardens from the US, UK, Netherlands, Mexico, Slovenia and South Africa that recently received the Accreditation, which recognises excellence in plant conservation, policy, sustainable practices and education.

BCGI is an independent organisation based at the Royal Botanic Gardens in the London surburb of Kew.

With a network includes more than 500 botanic gardens in 99 countries, is aim is to unite international organisations in their commitment to saving the world’s threatened plant species.

The Conservation Practitioner Accreditation scheme recognises the actions of botanic gardens that support local, national or global conservation goals. Conservation activities and scientific research, collections, sustainability practices and public education were all considered in the accreditation process.

“This accreditation provides our Botanic Garden with global and local recognition and places us in the company of some renowned gardens across the world like Hortus botanicus Leiden, in the Netherlands and The Eden Project in the UK,” said Karen Holmes, Curator of Wollongong Botanic Garden [Acting]. “It shows that the work we are doing in the Botanic Garden, such as monitoring and propagating the rare Banksia vincentia and our work in propagating more than 1,000 specimens of the critically endangered Bomaderry Zieria, and our support of scientific research is recognised internationally.”

The Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) was established in 1987 to link the botanic gardens of the world in a global network for plant conservation.

In May, the Botanic Garden was one of seven international Botanic Gardens to receive the BGCI’s Botanic Garden Accreditation. The accreditation recognises gardens that have a conservation-oriented approach and follow industry best practice and this latest recognition builds on this previous award showing a greater commitment to support plant conservation.

For more information on the important work the Botanic Gardens Conservation International does and their accreditation process visit their website.

The following botanic gardens are the first recipients of BGCI’s Conservation Practitioner Accreditation:

• Denver Botanic Gardens, United States
• The Eden Project, United Kingdom
• Hortus Botanicus Leiden, Netherlands
• Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, United States
• Jardin Botanico de la Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico
• Montgomery Botanical Center, United States
• National Botanic Garden of Wales, United Kingdom
• North Carolina Botanical Garden, United States
• University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana, Slovenia
• Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, South Africa
• Wollongong Botanic Garden

Image: Wollongong Botanic Garden.

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