The Next Generation
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has received a confirmed grant of £499,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Lincolnshire Plants: Past and future project. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, this three year project will work in partnership with the Natural History Museum in London, The Sir Joseph Banks Society, Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union and the University of Lincoln to inspire a new generation of botanists; helping to safeguard our understanding of plants and the environment for the future.
Over the last 150 years the Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union has compiled a huge collection of over 9000 plant specimens, including some of Lincolnshire’s rarest plants. However, with no proper storage facilities available in Lincolnshire the collection is at serious risk of deterioration. Fortunately, as part of the National Lottery funded project the Natural History Museum in London have now received the collection, and will work to secure it safely in facilities designed for the protection of plant specimens while using state of the art imaging facilities to make these available to view online.