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Lincolnshire Plants: Past and Future

This is a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported project of three years duration in collaboration with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust (LWT), Sir Joseph Banks Society (SJBS), the Lincolnshire Naturalists Union (LNU) and the University of Lincoln. Born initially from the desire to secure the future of the LNU’s historical herbarium of c. 9,300 specimens, but with the aspiration to make a contemporary collection and in so doing training the botanists of the future. The historical herbarium, primarily the collections of the Rev. E.A. Woodruffe-Peacock (1858-1922) and those of the author of the first county flora, E. Joan Gibbons (1902-1988), but with some significant earlier collections back to the 1830s, is the largest repository of material from what is, in national collections, an under-represented county. These items will be re-curated, digitised and incorporated into the British & Irish herbarium at the NHM, the specimen data and images made publically accessible. Throughout the project NHM staff will be providing expertise in training in identification, specimen preparation and collections care, etc. as extensive new collections are made to record the county’s flora today. Through these activities we can promote an understanding of the value of collections and their uses. Our project aims to re-connect people with plants, enabling people to rediscover their local natural heritage and be better informed about biodiversity and the environment. We hope to engage a wide spectrum of people of all ages and skills through a range of activities delivered across the county by the project partners. We know that the knowledge of plant science is declining in the wider community and Lincolnshire is acutely short of younger skilled botanists, this at a time when environmental concerns and awareness of the value of the natural environment and its appreciation is growing. By making a comprehensive contemporary collection, part of which will be housed within the county, we hope to build capacity within the botanical sector and raise awareness more generally.

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Kath Castillo, Fred Rumsey, Debra Turner (2018). Dataset: Lincolnshire Plants: Past and Future. Natural History Museum Data Portal (

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Field Value
Author(s) Kath Castillo, Fred Rumsey, Debra Turner
Affiliation Natural History Museum
Contributors Project partners: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union, Sir Joseph Banks Society and the University of Lincoln.
Temporal extent 1800 - present
Update frequency Weekly
Last updated October 31, 2018
Last resource update October 31, 2018 (Lincolnshire Plants: Past and Future - specimens)
Created October 31, 2018
License Creative Commons Attribution