Cambridge University Botanic Garden wins Microsoft support

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is launching a new plant-spotting activity trail with support from Microsoft Research.

The Garden’s young explorer backpacks have been overhauled. The backpacks, which are available for young people to borrow for their visit, will be stocked with a new and different trail each week in August, with Friday swap-over day.  

The four activity trails all reveal stories plants have to tell. Bees; interactions between plants, animals and humans;  plant battle cards; and plant passports are involved.

Garden education officer Sally Lee said:

"Our summer trails are packed with fun facts and engaging drawings illustrating which plant has knobbly knees and where to find the monkey brain plant. In all there are four trails to complete during August, so there’s always something fresh for families coming back to the Garden again and again. So children, you can leave your passport at home, but don’t forget your adults in charge and your spirit of adventure."

Rachel Howard from Microsoft Research said:

"As a new neighbour of the Botanic Garden, many of us now have the more regular opportunity to visit the enchanting oasis that the Garden provides. The new trails certainly look like a lot of fun and, together with the Garden, we hope that many children will be able to enjoy learning about the plants and being young explorers for the day."

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