Conservation at Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum

Botanic Gardens play a crucial role in the conservation of the world’s flora at a time when this has never been more important: two in five plant species are threatened with extinction worldwide. The living plant collection at Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum (OBGA) contains about 5,000 different types of plant and holds significant conservation value. As part of our commitment to delivering against the strategy set by the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, OBGA works with partners in Oxfordshire and across the globe to conserve rare plants. Indeed some of those grown in our collections can be found nowhere else in the world.

Biodiversity hotspots

Working with botanists around the world, we are developing ex situ conservation plant collections of species from biodiversity hotspots – areas with high plant species richness. Our research collectively focuses on the Mediterranean Basin, Ethiopian and Japanese floristic regions.