Monday, September 29, 2014

It’s that time of year again…yes it is the Junior Sophister Botany Field Trip!

This year’s Leinster-based field course for incoming JS students in Plant Science passed off very successfully. Following a bright, hot and sunny afternoon in the TCD Botanic Gardens at Dartry, the next day saw the group out on the top of the Wicklow Hills at the source of the River Liffey. There, despite the mist, students practiced a number of ecological surveying techniques, resulting in many interesting plants and animals  being reorded

Next day the field course moved onto  the woodlands at Glendalough where they studied the history and vegetation of the woodlands. It was a surprise to find that the woodlands, though they look pristine, are in fact the product of re-growth following extensive deforestation in previous centuries.

Thursday saw a very pleasant trip made to North Bull Island’s sand dunes where the vegetation succession was investigated .

John Parnell

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Botany Garden to be opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn

If you have been wondering what has happened to the space outside Botany where the old porta cabins were located, well it is currently being transformed into the long awaited formal botany garden. 

This is an informal place designed specifically for students to relax.  The work is almost completed and has suddenly revealed the front of Botany showing just what a beautiful building we have.

The garden will be officially opened Saturday 6th September at approximately 2.30 by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.

Nick Gray