Safeguarding our vanishing flora
345 British vascular plants are listed as threatened in the wild. Of these, 155, nearly half, grow in Scotland. Target 8 of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation aims to have 75% of threatened plants in cultivation and 20% available for conservation projects by 2020.
Across our four gardens we currently cultivate, or hold as seed, 52 of the 155 threatened species in Scotland.
Each year we aim to collect and cultivate 10 additional species based upon:
- Level of threat
- Likelihood of successful cultivation
- Potential for restoration in the wild
PlantNetwork's Target 8 Project sets a realistic goal for the conservation of some of our most threatened plants. It fosters practical action and collaborative working across botanic gardens and conservation agencies.