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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 facilities.

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."


Editors' notes:

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 horticulture.

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 Heritage.