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‘Murder most Florid – a glimpse into the world of forensic botany’ with Dr. Mark Spencer
Thursday July 20th, 6-8.15pm, £17 (incl. a glass of wine and garden entry).
Plants too are silent witnesses to crimes. Their presence in many crime scenes can help an investigator identify a suspect or locate a victim. Apparently mundane plants such as brambles and nettles can provide valuable insights into when a crime was committed. Fragments of leaves and seeds embedded in soil on the footwear of a suspect can place them at the scene. An understanding of landscape history and land-use helps an investigator discriminate between a clandestine burial and a mediaeval feature in a woodland. Forensic botany is not new science, plants have played a role in solving major cases for decades, including the infamous murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s infant son.
Mark Spencer has been fascinated by plants since he was a small boy. Originally a horticulturist, he later studied botany at university, after which he worked as a field botanist for a regional conservation organisation. After 12 years as a botany curator at the Natural History Museum, London he is now a consultant forensic botanist, public speaker and occasional radio and TV ‘personality’. He also retains a strong interest in the history of botany and botanic gardens, invasive non-native species and the flora of North-West Europe.
Ticket price includes a glass of wine and Garden entry.
During the online booking process, you can also make a reservation for buffet supper at the award-winning Tangerine Dream Café before or after the talk (5.45pm or 8.30pm sitting) at an additional cost of £16.50 to be paid on the night of the talk. Buffet includes mixed salads, meat or vegetable dishes and a delicious dessert.
Please note that the talk will begin at 7pm
This event takes place in our lecture room up some stairs with no alternative access. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience.