May meeting – What have plants ever done for us?

Our speaker at our May meeting was Timothy Walker, the well-known botanist, plant science lecturer, TV presenter and recently retired Director of The University of Oxford Botanic Garden. His excellent talk on “What have plants ever done for us?” led us through the evolution of plants and our total reliance on them for life on earth.  He outlined the influence of plants in all aspects of our lives and stressed the importance of conserving plant species globally.  He ended his talk by turning the title on its head to “What have we ever done for plants?” illustrating this with the conservation work done locally in establishing wild flower meadows. Timothy’s excellent presentation, supported with superb slides and many humorous asides and anecdotes, was both interesting and thought-provoking.   A most enjoyable lecture and we hope that Timothy will return next year to inspire us again.