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Royal Botanic Garden’s 5-year project to help tackle extreme weather impact

by | 26 Feb 24 | Nature & Biodiversity, News

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) responds to the rise in extreme weather conditions with a five year research project into finding resilient solutions for urban areas.

The £500k programme, Plants with Purpose looks to assess how garden plants can be better utilised to absorb flash flood water, as well as moderate extreme temperatures in built-up areas, providing better conditions for key pollinators.

RBGE director of horticulture and visitor experience, Raoul Curtis-Machin says: “While we know intuitively that green is good, and that plants are essential for our planet and our lives, we need to find out more about how different plants can tangibly work in the battle to cope with our changing climate.”

The initiative, which will be taking place across the RBGE’s four Scottish sites, also looks to promote economic growth incurred from increased productivity and jobs as a result of improved knowledge and trade practices.

RBGE’s nature-based solutions scientists, Caitlyn Johnston and Dr Emma Bush will be spearheading the research programme.

Johnstone says: “This new programme will give us an opportunity to collect and share data while demonstrating ecosystem solutions in real time, pairing the right plants to the right dilemmas for the good of both humans and nature.”

Bush adds that the team cannot wait to get stuck in and share what is learnt.

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