Top award recognises Oxford arboretum's international work

Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum (OBGHA) has become only the second UK garden and first university collection to receive a prestigious international award.

Image: James Christie
Image: James Christie

Administered by the Morton Arboretum, Chicago, the ArbNet four-tier accreditation system acknowledges high standards in scientific, collections, or conservation work.

The Level IV accreditation for OBGHA is in part a recognition of its partnership with the Wondo Genet College Arboretum in Ethiopia, and with the Global Trees Campaign. The Oxford team has helped the Ethiopian arboretum develop a conservation programme for rare and endangered trees endemic to the region.

Harcourt Arboretum curator Ben Jones said: "This will provide a boost to our work with our partner institutions, locally, nationally and internationally, including in Ethiopia."

Owned and run by the University of Oxford, the 60-hectare arboretum lies 10km south of the city. 

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