What's New at BBC Gardener's World 2019 and Plant Extinction Study

Published on June 12th 2019
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What's new at Gardener's World Live 2019?

Gardener's World Live kicks off in Birmingham tomorrow for another year of inspirational features, celebrity advice and show gardens. Here's what's new this year for one of the most highly anticipated events in the gardening calendar.
  • Tree Surgery - Experts from The Woodland Trust will share their knowledge in a series of talks, and will be on hand for one-to-one advice.
  • Plant Pyramid - The plant pyramid has expanded to include four new satellite pyramids, displaying 1000's of plants.
  • Top tips and regular talks from expert breeders at the new Pyramid Stage. Read more about it here:
  • New kids trail and Teapot Plantpot Competition
  • New themes. The School Wheelbarrows competition's theme this year is 'Travel Burrows'. Also, the five APL Avenue Show Gardens will be taking inspiration from international globetrotting.
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  • A long list of new exhibitors, designers and speakers.
For more information about the full lineup and what to expect, check out the Gardener's World Live Website.
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Plant Extinction

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A new study has found that 571 species of plants have gone extinct in the past 250 years, more than twice the number of birds, animals and amphibians.
Researchers from the Royal Botanic Garden's, Kew and Stockholm University undertook a global analysis of plant extinction records. The aim was to find out which plants have gone extinct, where from and what lessons can be learned to stop future extinctions.
Most extinctions occurred on islands, in the tropics and areas with a Mediterranean climate. Woody plants (such as trees or shrubs) were also more likely to go extinct.
The leading causes were suspected to be fragmentation and destruction of habitats for many range-restricted species. Because of these pressures, the team estimated that the current rate of plant extinction is up to 500 times faster than the 'natural' rate.
The scientists hope that their data will help predict and prevent future extinctions, especially regarding local species. They say that understanding these trends is crucial as all life depends on plants, so effective conservation measures must be put in place.
Read the full paper in 'Nature, Ecology and Evolution'.
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