04.04.14 Another successful training day took place at University of Oxford Harcourt Arboretum on 25 March – ‘Orienteering and Geocaching’ information available in members’s Resource area.
04.04.14 bgen 2014 Annual Conference will take place at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, 5 – 7 November. Further details and booking form available shortly.
04.04.14 Diary Dates: Tuesday 17 June – A networking day organised jointly with LEEF and FEN. Wednesday 18 June Training Day ‘New National Curriculum for England’. Both events to take place at the lovely South London Botanical Institute in Tulse Hill London.
24.1.14 The first training day in 2014 will take place on Tuesday 25 March at Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum. Learn all about orienteering and geocaching – for more information go to
24.1.14 View the fabulous pictures from our 2013 Conference at University of Dundee Botanic Garden on Flickr.
21.12.13 bgen is ‘going wild’ in 2014! Great news – our annual conference will take place at Paignton Zoo and Animal Wildlife Park from Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 November. Put the date in your diary now. Paignton Zoo is not just one of the UK’s top zoos and a great day out; they are also a conservation and education charity.
18.11.13: Changes to bgen Membership. From January 2014 the bgen Organisational Membership will change for the better! See details here (48KB word). Join here (152KB Word)
04.10.13: Two new articles: Successful training day on making the most of your volunteers (5.9.13 Winterbourne). Notes vailable now in ‘Resource’ section. Previous training day with Nicky Boyd on measuring Impact for evaluation. Notes available now in ‘Resource‘ area.

23.09.13: New gardens in wartime article.  Many thanks to Mark Norris of Newquay Zoo for this excellent quick guide to researching your garden’s history.Poppies_Field_in_Flanders_CC
02.09.13: Great news: Martin Daws, Young People’s Laureate for Wales will be delivering a workshop at our upcoming conference in Dundee. This is fantastic – book your conference place now.  Also why not catch the recently released advanced train tickets to Scotland from your travel provider!
06.08.13: Next training day, Thursday 5 September, Winterbourne House & Gardens, Birmingham – Harnessing Volunteer Power; put the “Va Va Voom” back into volunteering. Contact or go to ‘Training’ section.
30.08.13: New! Seeing the trees in the wood – journeys into interpretation training day a great success (23.07.13 with a lovely lunch!)! Notes available now in ‘Resource’ section
10.06.13: Provisional programmes now available. You can now view the draft programmes for our upcoming training events on 23 July, 5 September and 6 – 8 November and reserve your place here .
11.02.13: Updated information on our training days. Tuesday 14 May, University of Durham Botanic Garden ‘Communicating Horticulture;how to teach essential skills and build capacity’. Tuesday 23 July, Westonbirt ‘Journeys into Interpretation; developing trails’. Thursday 5 September, Winterbourne House & Garden ‘Harnessing Volunteer Power; developing an effective volunteer team. Wed-Fri 6-8 November, Dundee Botanic Gardenbgen Conference the drama of plants’
25 April: Join the Turing sunflower experiment and discover Fibonacci’s secrets!
28 March: New Thinking Walk launched as part of the Great Plant Hunt Project.  This year’s walk is called Plant Champions.
16 March: Flyer for 2012 conference released.  101 (amazing) things to do with plants!
13 January: International Owl and Pussycat day announced as 14th May 2012.  The day will celebrate nonsense writer Edward Lear’s bicentenary.  Get activity ideas here.
3 January: Happy New Year. It’s time to renew your membership with BGEN for 2012. Please return your form by Friday 27 January, to make the most of your membership.
20th December: MERRY CHRISTMAS! from your BGEN Board of Directors
25th November: BGEN 2011 conference a success! Notes now available.
31 August: Important 2013 dates for your diary
Tuesday 16 April 2013 Comunicating Horticulture, RHS Garden Wisley; Tuesday 23 July 2013 Interpretation Journeys, Westonbirt National Arboretum; Thursdsay 5 September 2013 Harnessing People Power – involving volunteers in learning activities, Winterbourne Gardens; Wednesday 6 – Friday 8 November 2013, Annual Conference: The Drama of Plants, University of Dundee Botanic Garden.
Old news but still good news…
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