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Calling kids to come and be plant hunters at the Botanic Garden

The Garden has launched an exciting new plant hunter trail for children.

The beautifully illustrated trail has been designed to take children on a plant hunting exploration around the Garden in search of some of the exotic plants that were discovered by plant hunters who first brought them back to Britain.

Sally Lee, Education Officer says:
“We designed this new family trail so that children can go on their own adventure, just like the plant hunters once did. This trail is based on one plant hunter in particular, David Douglas, an extremely brave botanist, explorer and plant hunter who discovered hundreds of plants during his lifetime. Just like David, children will have to use maps, solve puzzles and explore unfamiliar territory to track down plants. The trail includes a special leaf decoder which must be fitted to matching shapes to reveal the exact location of each plant. At each plant children can find out a little more about David’s life and adventures. The trail finishes at a very special plant that was named after him. “

The Garden’s Education team have worked with illustrator duo, Hannah Wilmot and Holly McCulloch to design the cheerful and colourful trail trail materials that tell the story of David’s life and the challenges and perils of being a plant hunter.

The trails are aimed at children between the ages of 5 and 11 but Sally says it’s also a great way for adults to increase their plant knowledge too: “We love coming up with exciting ways families can find out about plants and have fun at the same time. This trail ticks lots of boxes as both children and even adults are experiencing something different and new, learning about plants as well as getting out, being active and having fun.”

The Plant Hunter trail will be available throughout Cambridge Science Festival, 7th-20th March.

Trails are free of charge but normal Garden admission applies for adults.
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