THE Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has received the backing of city councillors to proceed with a £70 million development, to ensure the future and improvement of Scotland’s national plant collection.

Edinburgh Biomes project, which will allow for threats such as plant disease and habitat loss to be addressed, as well as the ability to further explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future.

New research facilities will also be included in the re-development, with RGBE planning to look into plant pathogens which are damaging the environment. Education facilities will be open to students right through from primary school to PhD.

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