Ness Botanic Gardens awarded legacy funding
The University of Liverpool's Ness Botanic Gardens has been
award more than £120,000 from The Royal Botanical and Horticultural
Society1 to further enhance its learning and teaching
The award will fund capital improvements in school education and
lifelong learning facilities in the historic Potting Sheds,
together with a new teaching and learning garden for schools.
The Potting Shed project will enhance the visitor experience
through interpretation of the history of Ness, exploring plant
science through the extensive plant collection and practical
teaching and hands on learning activities for all ages.
Kevin Reid, Director of Ness Botanic Gardens, said: "This
award recognises the importance of further developing our learning
and visitor facilities to create a vital learning and engagement
hub in the heart of the garden.
"This flagship project will help us to achieve a sustainable
future for Ness as an outward facing botanic, community and
heritage University asset here on the Wirral."
1. The Royal Botanical and Horticultural Society of Manchester
and the Northern Counties was founded in 1827 to lay out
gardens for the recreation of the citizens of Manchester and to
further the scientific disciplines of botany and horticulture.
During the twentieth century the Society has undertaken as its the
main activity - the support of other organizations - societies,
charities and educational institutions - associated with botany and
In 1935 the Society bestowed upon the University of Manchester
£69,000 for the promotion of research and instruction in
horticulture. Part of this benefaction was used to purchase land at
Jodrell Bank in Cheshire for use by the Botany Department After the
Second World War the Mark 1A Radio Telescope was constructed on the
site by Sir Bernard Lovell. More recently the society has supported
a diverse range of horticultural organistaions frrom the
Professional Gardeners Guild, Myerscough College to Plant