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Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union is working in partnership with the Natural History Museum in London, The Sir Joseph Banks Society, the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and the University of Lincoln to inspire a new generation of botanists; helping to safeguard our understanding of plants and the environment for the future.

Over the last 150 years the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union has compiled a huge collection of over 9000 plant specimens, including some of Lincolnshire’s rarest plants. However, with no proper storage facilities available in Lincolnshire the collection was at serious risk of deterioration. As part of the project the Natural History Museum in London are working to secure it safely in facilities designed for the protection of plant specimens while using state of the art imaging facilities to make these available to view online. Reports on the material within the collection are also available below.

Inspired by Sir Joseph Banks, an eighteenth century Lincolnshire naturalist who famously voyaged around the world with Captain Cook, the project aims to enthuse the next generation of botanists by making a new archive of Lincolnshire’s plants; some of which will be retained and displayed at the Sir Joseph Banks Centre in Horncastle as well as the Natural History Museum. Through working with students at The University of the Lincoln, both the historic and 21st century collection will also provide a vital tool for scientific research into climate change and plant genetics; helping to address plant extinction on a local and national level.

To keep up to date and find about events and courses being run as part of the project, visit Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and the project page on the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust website.

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