Science Festival trail and pop ups, 16 – 24 March
As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, CUBG is running two new free trails suitable for adults and
children age 15+
Plants and chemicals exploration trail
Explore the fascinating world of plant chemistry around the Garden. Celebrating the International Year of
the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, our new plants and chemicals exploration trail will lead visitors
to plants that have unique adaptations for extracting and storing chemical elements used for growth,
reproduction, defence and communication.
Do you know your oaks from your ashes? Take part in the tree trail around CUBG and find out how to
identify different types of British trees, why tree identification is important for saving British trees and what
you can do to help.
Trail leaflets can be collected at the Garden’s ticket offices. Normal Garden admission applies.
Research pop up stands
Saturday 16, Sunday 17, Wednesday 20, Saturday 23, Sunday 24 March
Time: 11am- 4pm, except 20 March 12-2pm
The research pop up stands will be based near the Garden Café.
Normal Garden Admission charges apply, no pre-booking required
Recommended age: 11+
Meet researchers from Cambridge University’s Department of Plant Sciences during the Science Festival as
they showcase their latest research:
Secret conversations between plants and fungi beneath our feet
Plants would not have been able to emerge onto land without the help of mycorrhizae and most plants
surviving today are still dependent on their fungal partners in various ways. Dr Jeongmin Choi and Dr Leoni
Luginbuehl exhibit their latest discoveries on the below-ground interactions between plants and their beneficial fungal partners, also known as mycorrhizae.
Trees under threat
Dr Cerian Webb and Dr Ciara Dangerfield showcase their research on tree disease modelling. Tree diseases
are a major threat to urban trees and forests in the UK. To understand the spread of disease and develop
methods to combat their spread, researchers need help with mapping trees across the UK. Visitors will be
able to contribute to this project by taking part in a tree ID trail around the Botanic Garden and discovering
which species are under threat.