Katy Hayden

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

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Forestry, Horticulture, Environment | Policy Document

BLOG: Difficult choices to protect gardens and the environment

Authors: Katy Hayden
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September 2018

Heritage gardens play an important role in plant conservation. They house collections gathered over decades or even hundreds of years, including varieties of plants that may be overlooked elsewhere, fostering heirloom varieties and preserving biological diversity that is the raw material of adaptation. As well as being beautiful and tranquil sites of cultural heritage, these ex-situ resources are treasure troves of biological diversity. Arduaine Gardens shows us that tough choices can be necessary and important to preserve these collections and the surrounding environment.