Climate change theme of Aberdeen plant events

Tuesday 10 May 2022

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A series of events across Aberdeen will highlight the impact of climate change on the natural world.

The programme is part of the biannual Fascination of Plants Day, which encourages people to learn more about the importance of plants and plant science from providing the air we breathe to the sustainable production of nutritious food. 

Founded in 2012, Fascination of Plants Day, has become a global movement, with organisations across 56 countries taking part. The programme for this year’s event runs from the 14 to 21 May. 

Event co-ordinator Dr Morag McFadyen of Robert Gordon University said: “The programme provides a range of fun and interesting events across a number of local venues. 

“Because of the pandemic, the last two years have been held online, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer people of all ages hands-on experiences with plants. 

“We are facing a double crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, which makes these events increasingly important and I think it is fitting that the theme for this year is climate change. 

“There are opportunities for everyone to get involved and find out more about the many thousands of plant species that exist and how we use them, including for food, pharmaceuticals and products such as timber, paper and chemicals. 

“We are really looking forward to welcoming visitors and showcasing the truly fascinating world of plants.” 

Organisations running events include the University of Aberdeen, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen City Council Duthie Park Ranger Service, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), The James Hutton Institute and Scotland’s Garden Scheme.  

Venues include Duthie Park, Aberdeen Science Centre and Cruickshank Botanic Garden.

Learn more about Fascination of Plants day on our event page.

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