Garden hosts official Chinese visit

National Botanic Garden of Wales receives ambassador from People's Republic of China

The National Botanic Garden of Wales has hosted a visit from the ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the UK. His Excellency Zha Peixin visited the garden to plant the first tree in the Chinese woodland, part of the Woods of the World project. Chairman of trustees Alan Hayward said: “This is an important day in the young life of the garden. “It clearly demonstrates the international importance of the National Botanic Garden of Wales, working with cultures and governments around the globe to conserve the rare and endangered plants of the world.” The tree planted was a Betula utilis — Chinese birch — a species native to western China and the Himalayas. Garden trustee Rupert Goodman is a direct descendant of Sir Joseph Hooker, a director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who introduced the tree to the UK in 1849.

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