Children putting the fascinating world of the Plant Kingdom under the microscope at the University Botanic Garden.

Children putting the fascinating world of the Plant Kingdom under the microscope at the University Botanic Garden.

The Cambridge University Botanic Garden will launch its new Plant Evolution Trail on Saturday 25 March. It has attractions for all ages, and visitors are invited to drop in at any time between 10am and 4pm to join the Garden's first "Green Line Pioneers".

As well as the familiar and the floral, visitors will be able to take a look at some fascinating plants that probably won't be found in any of next week's Mothers' Day bouquets.

The guided route through the Garden will trace the story of evolution in the Plant Kingdom.

Meanwhile, in the Garden's Gilmour Building, visitors will be able to use microscopes to take a closer look at some overlooked beauties which don't normally get a second glance in everyday life.

After visitors have finished pioneering, they will be asked to give their ideas and opinions about how the trail can be made more user-friendly. Take a few minutes to complete and return the trail questionnaire, and pick up a full-colour poster to remind you of some of the great survivors of the Plant Kingdom.

The trail will continue to develop throughout the spring and summer, and the Garden is open to the public daily. The trail has been developed with financial support from COPUS (Committee on the Public Understanding of Science).

On Saturday 25 March, the Garden will be open from 10am to 4pm, and normal admission charges will be waived. For further details of the Garden's regular opening times, admission charges and other details, tel: (01223) 336265, or visit the Botanic Garden's web site.

Saturday's events at the University Botanic Garden form part of a week-long programme of exciting activities in celebration of National Science Week.

Tonight, as part of the week's Science at Seven lecture series, Dr Rachel Wood of Cambridge's Department of Earth Sciences will lead audiences on a voyage of discovery in the vast underworld gardens that are the world's coral reefs, in Ocean City.


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