Fascination of Plants Day 2015 – Call for participants

9th Jan 2015

The UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) is calling for volunteers to organise UK events and activities for the third international Fascination of Plants Day.

Fascination of Plants Day was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) to encourage people around the world to celebrate the importance of plant science. Building on the success of previous years – botanic gardens, research labs, schools, museums and farmers will open their doors on 18th May 2015 with plant-based activities for all ages. This will be backed up by a range of events in public spaces, theatres, cafes, central city squares and parks, designed to get everyone thinking about plants.

Plants are vital to our health and our environment – not only for sustainably producing food, but also in ‘hidden’ ways such as the production of medicines, fuel, chemicals, paper and timber. We want to share our enthusiasm with others and inspire people to think about plant science and conservation in new ways. Everybody is welcome to join this initiative!

Our goal is to break the record of 1000 events organised in 2013. Events could include hands-on activities, talks, debates, nature walks, competitions, quizzes and visits to farms or research facilities. Further ideas can be found from the 2013 success stories on the FoPD website.

Most events will take place on 18th May 2015; however they may run any time from 3rd to 31st May. For guidelines and to register an event, contact your national coordinator, Mimi Tanimoto, Executive Officer of the UKPSF.

Plants are amazing – join us to celebrate their fundamental contributions to our lives and sow a seed of inspiration in the minds of others.

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