On the 2nd December 2020, BCARM (BGANZ Collections And Records Management) held their first online workshop. The purpose of this workshop was to allow members feedback and ideas to expand the group’s role and guide what direction the group takes and what resources would be of value to members.
These are some of the themes or suggestions that horticultural staff made:
Process/guidance for developing living collection guidelines
Challenges with processes to define where plants are placed, acquisition records, and protocols for such.
What information should we record for our living collections?
Difficulty sourcing rare plants and concern if you might be the only garden with a species
Want to be involved with a forum
Keen to share knowledge about propagating rare plants
Sharing plant material between gardens in the network
Challenges with importing material
Risk of losing information without a records system
Tracking individual accessions (valuable in arboretum setting)
Working together on plant conservation projects
Keeping records of short lived plants eg annuals
Label processes different between gardens – how to make these easier
Upskilling pest and disease knowledge and management
Sometimes no records yet in a garden – how to overcome this backlog of work?
Accessible database that is user friendly
If you missed this workshop, you can watch the recording here or for more information about BCARM please contact Emma Bodley.