It’s been a great year for the TPP, with your help – every Plant Heritage member and every volunteer. We are going to continue the good work (keep those listings coming), but I will be on maternity leave until next year.
“TPP Sophie”, Sophie Leguil, will be covering for me: you can reach her on the office phone and TPP email. Trained in plant biology and ecology, she has worked as a researcher for the National Botanic Garden of Belgium, studying the taxonomy of orchids and tropical shrubs, and as a conservation volunteer in the UK. She is also a passionate gardener, collecting various plants from carnivores to Japanese maples, and is already promoting plant conservation and horticulture in the project.
We are finally beginning to get expert assessments returned; results show that you can identify some rare cultivars as particularly worthy of conservation. And we’re starting to track them down… roll on more and more propagation good news.
I’ve just finished a 27-page interim report to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, our major funders over the past three years. Hopefully they will be pleased to see how the project has succeeded and evolved. (You can always check for our latest news on the website – just choose “TPP” at the top of the Plant Heritage home page.)
Mercy has been a huge help with continuing to raise the profile of the project with appropriate strategic partners. New UK government biodiversity indicators may even use some of the TPP methodology we and the RHS recommended.
I’m actually due any time now, so for a while I’ll be changing nappies instead of spreadsheets – but hopefully see you all at the Members’ Weekend in the spring!
All the best for now, au revoir – and over to Sophie!