Snowdrop and acuba new National Collections

Plant conservation and membership charity Plant Heritage has awarded scientific status to two National Collections.

Galanthus Green Bottle
Galanthus Green Bottle
They are Galanthus, held by Margaret and David MacLennan, Cumbria and Aucuba japonica cultivars, held by Linda Eggins, Worcestershire.

There are only 20 Scientific Status Collections from a total of 637 National Collections. Scientific Status is awarded to Collection Holders who are researching and developing their collection more actively, furthering the knowledge of a genus or plant group. 

Activities that help achieve Scientific Status include: 
*  evidence of published research
*  a focus on sharing knowledge and plant material 
* detailed record-keeping, such as photographic records or herbarium specimens
* in depth knowledge of the conservation status of their plants, history of the cultivars and the breeders 

Plant Heritage chief executive officer Sarah Quarterman said:"‘I am delighted that these two National Collection Holders have been recognised for their research and expertise in this way. Achieving Scientific Status is a significant amount of work and we salute them."

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