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Science in the Garden

Durham University Botanic Garden is a working Botanic Garden which, as well as being open to the public, aims to support the teaching and research of Durham University’s students. For this reason many of the plants in the garden have been chosen for their scientific, alongside their decorative, interest. As a result the Botanic Garden contains a wide variety of rare, fascinating plants that makes it a must-visit for plant lovers in the North East. Apart from the scientific significance of its flora and fauna, the garden has also been chosen very often as the location for hosting various projects originating from different departments of the University.

Here you can read about present and past projects in the garden, and find out more on how the garden and the scientific community collaborate with each other.

Durham University Archaeology Department Experimental Dugout Canoe Project

In October 2014 Jake Newport and his team of volunteers from the Durham University Archaeology Department started Durham University's latest and arguably most ambitious experimental archaeology project to date. The team aims to construct a dugout canoe based on Mesolithic dugout canoes found across Northwest Europe. The dugout canoe, once completed, will be used to help answer research questions on boat use and seafaring in the Mesolithic and to provide a physical representation of how these impressive artefacts looked, felt and worked for the benefit of academics and the public alike.

The project is taking place at the Botanic Garden, Durham University. Altough the work is currently happening behind the scenes, a path will be later opened to allow visitors to see it.
To know more about the project and follow its updates, please visit:

Carboniferous Garden

Some students from our Department of Earth Sciences have created a Carboniferous Garden telling the story of coal in County Durham.
The story starts with a large tub of coal by the greenhouse. For more information visit:

Carboniferous Garden