Preparations are now well on their way for the third international Fascination of Plants Day.
Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) to encourage people around the world to celebrate the importance of plants and plant science. The initiative has grown rapidly since its outset in 2012 and the last FoPD (held in 2013) included over 1,000 events and 689 participating institutions from more than 54 countries.
Building on the success of previous years – botanic gardens, research labs, schools, museums and farmers are opening their doors on 18th May 2015 with plant-based activities for everyone. This will be backed up by a range of events in theatres, cafes, shopping centres and other public spaces, designed to get everybody thinking about plants.
The UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF) is calling for anyone who would like to contribute to FoPD, by running an event, bringing an existing event under the FoPD banner, or offering sponsorship. Events can include hands-on activities, talks, debates, nature walks, competitions, quizzes or visits to farms and research facilities. Examples from 2013 can be found on the success stories page of the FoPD website.
Anybody unable to organise activities for 18th May can run fringe events between 3rd and 31st May.
Plants are fundamental to our existence, providing us with food, fuel, medicines, building materials, fibres and paper. They deliver services such as flood control and they enhance our recreational space, physical and mental health and cultural practices.
We want to share the amazing world of plants with a wider audience, and engage in discussions about how plant sciences are helping to address global challenges – from food security to protecting biodiversity. We hope that Fascination of Plants Day will inspire people to appreciate the importance of plants and to understand the relationship between the world of diverse plant life and a healthy population.
Fascination of Plants Day covers all plant related topics including science, agriculture, horticulture, gardening, forestry, food, nutrition, environmental conservation, climate change mitigation, smart bioproducts, biodiversity, sustainability, art and literature.
Events are already confirmed in London, Leeds, Norwich and Edinburgh, with more being added every week.
Plants are amazing – join us to celebrate their fundamental contribution to our lives and sow a seed of inspiration in the minds of others.
For more information or to get involved please contact us.
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