Plant conservation day at Bristol Zoo

Matt and Tom show visitors everything about orchids
Matt and Tom show visitors everything about orchids

Saturday was a brilliant day for greenhouse club.  We arrived at the zoo at 8am and set up a display of orchids, information boards and Luke’s winning Sikkim research, for the Zoo’s plant conservation and international biodiversity day. As the public arrived it was up to our team of twelve students to introduce people to the wonders of orchids, including their unusual scents and diverse forms. The team also explained about Writhlington’s work in Sikkim and invited visitors to our Orchid Festival on 25th September 2010. Having the Young Biologist of the Year (Luke Barnes) on our display attracted the director of Bristol Zoo, Dr Jo Gipps, and after a long fruitful discussion it looks as if we have some interesting future collaborations with the Zoo to look forward to.


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