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National Wildflower Centre joins the Eden Project

The Eden Project is developing the NWC hub including seed cleaning and storage facilities. This will link to our ongoing conservation work for rare plants in the SW of England.

The establishment of the NWC at Eden Project was supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Charitable Trust.

Director of the National Wildflower Centre is Richard Scott, who says the the future of Liverpool centre is now “in limbo”, adding: “We have no control or ownership of the Knowsley site, and it has been badly vandalised with no-one being in the building for a year, the future of which rests with the council who are tendering the land for development. Eden bid to protect the assets but were outbid by private company, and the wildflower seed stock, seed cleaning and harvest  assets were lost rapidly which was the real tragedy.”

He said: “It is important everyone knows that the legacy of Landlife’s work in creative conservation and The National Wildflower Centre has been saved by the Eden Project, after 30 years association, but the Court Hey Park lease has reverted back to Knowsley Council. I am now employed to rebuild National Wildflower Centre in a new form. I secured wildflower harvests in Knowsley fields in 2017, and the National Museums Liverpool have been a fantastic partner in protecting the archive and will be my office base. Projects are live. Court Hey still has great wildflower asset which we hope can be protected for the community. Let’s hope 2018 brings some good collaborative solutions.

There will be an official launch this spring at the Eden Project and a linked event in Liverpool.

This post was written by: HortWeek