After the initial inspiration and what seems like an eternity of planning by Dr M (University of Reading) and John Warren (IBERS Aberystwyth) the great day arrived, 10/03/16 and the first Botanical University Challenge ever in the Jodrell lecture Theatre at RBG Kew.
Five fabulous teams – Reading, Aberystwyth, Edge Hill, Southampton and Kew – with botanical knowledge, skill and enthusiasm in spades, prepared to enter the BUC arena and do battle for the prestigious (some might say spurious) trophy!
For the teams, their guests and groupies and the audience it was an exciting, fun and supremely optimistic day for botany.
By popular accord, this was a great day for British botany and its future looks very secure in the hands of these talented and enthusiastic young botanists!
There will be an official YouTube video of the highlights and best of the rest but in the meantime here is the welcome and introduction from Colin Clubbe (Head of Conservation at Kew) and our quiz master, James Wong, self-confessed botany-geek and TV presenter extraordinaire!
Dr M says: Watch this space for a photo summary of the day and the official video both coming soon!