Treborth’s rich collections of plants from all over the World, maintained in temperate through to tropical conditions, provides an unrivalled facility in North Wales for formal and informal education about the natural world, using vibrant, living material.
The Garden is in use throughout the working week for the delivery of formal academic training programmes, including lectures, practical classes and tests/exams for students from all three Schools of the College of Natural Sciences, at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Student projects at 3rd-year undergraduate, Masters degree and PhD (doctoral) level are also hosted and supervised from Treborth. Grants are being attracted to the Garden to supplement the funds available for such projects, so that locally relevant natural resource management and conservation action can be pursued by students as part of their academic programmes.
Schools and public education
Treborth Botanic Garden maintains a strong programme of educational outreach activity and engagement with the local community. Every year, throughout the working week and at weekends it hosts field excursions, educational workshops, specialist seminars and technical training sessions, and social events for more than a hundred local organisations and societies.
These beneficiaries include schools, further education colleges, garden societies and clubs, forest schools, guides and brownies, bird and mammal groups, civic societies, scientific and professional societies, conservation trusts, men’s and women’s service organisations, camera clubs, art, music and poetry groups, retirement clubs, mindfulness groups, drama groups, special needs and disability groups, radio and TV events, and meetings of local authorities, central government agencies and international organisations (e.g. UNESCO).
If you are interested in utilising the garden for educational purposes, please get in touch.
Students for Treborth Action Group (STAG)
Students for Treborth Action Group (STAG) was established in 2006 and is based at the garden, where we help with all aspects of the garden: propagation, planting, pruning, weeding, pond and woodland maintenance and generally making the place even better. When we’re not working directly with the plants we develop links with and run trips to other botanic gardens (most recently the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the National Botanic Garden of Wales), forage for fungi, hunt for bats and generally make the most out of the rich and varied resources offered by Treborth.
We are always on call to assist the Friends of Treborth with the organisation of their numerous public events. Events such as plant sales are so popular that we are drafted in to marshal car-parking and to carry large or heavy items to customers’ cars.
As well as holding regular work parties at the garden, STAG puts on frequent ecology and botanical workshops, trips and other social events. All of our members’ hard work gained us the awards of Society of the Year in 2015 and Academic Society of the Year in 2012. We are very proud of these achievements!
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