We are committed to maintaing the heritage landscape and conserving and curating our plant collections to the highest standards. But we also recognise that the Botanic Garden must be a living, changing community of plants and people.
We endeavour to identify where change is needed and harness that impetus to ensure that the Cambridge University Botanic Garden remains one of the very finest botanic gardens.
At the heart of the Garden, the Sainsbury Laboratory, a new research institute devoted to understanding plant development, was opened in 2011. The associated landscape restitution around the Laboratory and up to the Station Road Gate will continue through to the end of 2012.
Within landscapes, a new garden at the eastern end of the Glasshouse Range is being developed to extend the 'life before flowers' theme of the Fern House. It will feature ferns, mosses, ephedra and conifer species.
Phase II of the Mediterranean Beds redevelopment is nearing completion. The remodelling and new paths have been designed to make this area far more accessible and the new plantings will complement the Mediterranean climate collections displayed in the nearby Continents Apart display, around the Glasshouse Terrace and through the Glasshosue Bays.
On the Eastern boundary a new vista of Tilia tomentosa has been planted to reinvigorate this area. This has been made possible through a generous private donation.