What's an arboretum anyway?
An arboretum could be described as a "living library". A beautifully curated collection of woody plants (trees and shrubs) from across the globe, each one carefully labelled and managed. In this episode of the Big Questions Podcast we chat to Ben Jones, Arboretum Curator at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, about what makes an arboretum so special.
The Threatened Tree Trail
If someone asked you to name an endangered species, what would you say? It's likely that one or two animal species would spring to mind...the black rhino or the giant panda, for instance. But what about endangered plants? It can be difficult to think about trees and plants in this way, so at the Harcourt Arboretum, Ben has introduced the Threatened Tree Trail. For each threatened tree species, an animal with an equivalent conservation status is given. An example can be seen in the poster below - the Chichibu birch is as endangered as the black rhino!
Herbarium sample of the Chichibu birch: