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Explore the Rainforest Harvest
Coffee, cocoa, vanilla … Bamboo, brazil nuts, cancer medicine … Bananas, cinnamon, ginger.
The Living Rainforest is launching a new series of events this summer to explore the amazing bounty of products which are harvested from the world’s tropical rainforests.
Like the millions of plant and animal species which live in these unique and biologically diverse ecosystems, the list of useful items obtained from these forests is almost endless.
Each Rainforest Harvest tour will explore a plant or animal which lives in our own tropical glasshouses. The Living Rainforest provides a home to over 600 plant species and 50 animal species. Nearly every species is used for something which helps improve living standards or health around the world – for instance, as a food, medicine, building material, energy source, spice, perfume, cosmetic, latex, thatch, skin, vine, hunting poison or decorative object.
Each week, we’ll explore a different item. This summer, the programme is as follows:
Ginger – Wed 23rd and Fri 25th July at 3pm
Cocoa – Wed 30th July and Fri 1st August at 3pm
Vanilla – Wed 6th and Fri 8th August at 11.30am and 3pm
Coffee – Wed 13th and Fri 15th August at 11.30am and 3pm
Cinnamon – Wed 20th and Fri 22nd August at 11.30am and 3pm
Banana – Wed 27th and Fri 29th August at 11.30am and 3pm
Visitors will be invited to sample products like chocolate and ginger biscuits, to discover what vanilla pods and cinnamon sticks look like in the wild, and to learn more about how different items are grown, harvested and manufactured.
The tours will also explore the impact which modern agriculture is having on rainforest ecosystems.
New items from our plant and animal collection will be added in future months as part of the evolving programme.
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