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Year 7-9: Fascination of Plants Day

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Royal Holloway, University of London

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Join us at Royal Holloway, University of London to celebrate the fourth international ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ 2017 with a rich programme of free events for all ages at our beautiful, leafy campus in Egham, Surrey.

Plants are unique organisms that can directly synthesise their own food. This has enabled them to successfully colonise, adapt to and diversify into an estimated 250,000 species worldwide! Plants provide animals and humankind with food, as well as other essential commodities such as paper, medicine, chemicals, energy and landscapes to enjoy.

Royal Holloway has a rich tradition of research into plants. We hold the strongest research base on plant science in the London area with world-leading scientists working to help address global challenges such as food security and climate change. This builds on our heritage as a centre of excellence for Botany, dating back to our nineteenth-century origins.

On Thursday 18 May, come and enjoy:

  • Learning how to draw plants to create quirky and beautiful art: with local artist Kerry Lemon, who’s been artist in residence at Royal Holloway’s School of Biological Sciences, sponsored by clothing brand Ted Baker.

  • Visiting our bees! Royal Holloway is a leading source of research into bees and pollinators, which are centrally important to plants. Our Insect Cognition Lab researchers invite you to visit their hives, learn all about bees and sample some Royal Holloway honey!

  • Finding out how genes shape plants. Take part in a short, lab experiment to learn how molecular functioning of plants determines crop yield and quality.

  • Exploring seeds. Seeds have a dual importance as the start of plant life and as a source of food for animals and humans. Royal Holloways’ Seed Biology Group invites you into their lab to try out a seed lab exercise for yourself.

  • Our Arboretum: The recently revitalised Arboretum at Royal Holloway is a beautiful place to learn about trees, relax and reflect.

  • Our Herbarium, which comprises an estimated 7,000 specimen sheets housed in wooden cupboards. A large part of the collection comprises material collected by Royal Holloway students from Tenerife over the period 1970 to 2000. The Bedford College component is appreciably older, some dating back to the 1800s, and includes much material collected by Dr Francis Rose, arguably Britain’s foremost field botanist of his time. There is also an important collection of grasses used by C.E.Hubbard to illustrate his standard book on grasses, still much used at the present day.

  • A film from Tenerife: Our students had regular field trips to Tenerife between 1970 and 2010 and made a remarkable collection of plant material to the Herbarium that is possibly the largest representation of flora of this region. A short video made by Brian Ferry and presentation will describe this work.

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Who is this event for?

This event is aimed at students in years 7-9 (11-14 year olds) and their accompanying teachers. Spaces are limited to 60 students. We will be operating a split timetable on the day, so students will be separated into two groups: Group A and Group B.

Members of the general public should not book places on the school programme. There is a separate, limited programme (12 spaces) available for members of the general public. If you are interested, please contact: Olivia.Swift@rhul.ac.uk

Is lunch provided?

Lunch is not provided- students will need to bring a packed lunch on the day.

Can I park on campus?

If you intend to park on campus, please email your name and car registration details to: Emily.Foster@rhul.ac.uk Your car details will then be registered with our parking enforcers to ensure that you do not receive a fine. Parking is available on a first-come-first-served basis and cannot be reserved.

Where should I register once I arrive on campus?

Once you arrive on campus, please report to the Bourne Building Foyer. A campus map can be found here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/aboutus/documents/pdf/locationmap/campusplan.pdf

There are no more places available. Where can I register my interest for this and future 'Fascination of Plants' days?

If you are interested in being notified of any cancellations for this event or receiving early notification of future 'Fascination of Plants' days, please email the School Liaison Officer, Emily Foster, at: Emily.Foster@rhul.ac.uk

For further information, please contact: Emily.Foster@rhul.ac.uk

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