A request for Digitalis material

Our Collection Holder Terry Baker (The Botanic Nursery) is currently working on a monograph of the genus Digitalis. He is also intending to build up a digital photographic database and produce herbarium specimens. To this end, he is looking for material (seeds or plants) from reliable, wild collected sources for the following species: Digitalis chalcantha Digitalis thapsi…

Nursery resilience against Phytophthora

A workshop was held in October 2016 at the headquarters of APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency) on ‘Improving nursery resilience against threats from Phytophthora’. A report on the workshop, as well as copies of the presentations are available here: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/BEEH-AGMJ6R The workshop was part of a collaborative research project, PHYTOTHREATS, involving seven institutions from across Britain, which…

Call for 2016 Collections reports

It’s that time of the year again when we ask for Annual Reports for your National Collections. We would love to hear about any developments to your collection(s), exciting projects that you have been involved in, or shows that you have attended. You can also take this opportunity to request help from us, whether it is regarding pests…

Free workshops for 2017

We are pleased to announce a series of free workshops for Collection Holders in 2017: Research Workshop: Thursday 2nd February, RHS Lindley Library, Wisley. The deadline to register for this workshop is Tuesday 10th January. See the Research Workshop agenda Social media workshop: 20th March, RHS Wisley. Herbarium Workshop: Thursday 18th May, RHS Wisley. Photography workshop:…

An update on Persephone

Readers may have already heard about Persephone, the online plant recording system developed for Plant Heritage.  Around 100 collections are now recorded on the system and this is now a recommended option for recording National Collections, if the user is not already using a database (such as IrisBG, BGBase or Demeter). Use of Persephone by…

Brother Bursary 2017 now open

Collection Holders are now invited to apply for the 2017 Bursary, kindly provided by Brother UK Limited. The Bursary will provide grants to help improve your National Collection, in particular for (though not limited to): Assistance with research to improve the Collection Horticultural training relevant to improving the Collection Capital Projects to improve the collection Assistance…