Bicentenary UK - Nepal
Updated: Mar 11
2016 marks the 200-year anniversary of relations between the UK and Nepal. Here are some of the events that are taking place to mark this incredible occasion.
Nepal - UK 200 Years Connection
Did you know that Scottish botanist Dr. Francis Buchanan-Hamilton first collected plant specimens in Nepal 200 years ago? Dr. Francis Buchanan-Hamilton not only a botanist but also a surveyor and surgeon is also known as "the father of Nepalese botany", to be celebrated in his own right after establishing a unique relationship with Nepal and its people and due to that, it continues to this day.
Dr. Mark Watson Image © RBGE
A number of the incredible team at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh have been working hard on a number of momentous projects including that of the Biodiversity Education Garden. The garden opened in March 2016 celebrating Nepal's many endemic plants and people. You can visit the garden as well as its original formal garden - Nepal's National Botanic Garden located just over an hour by car, from Kathmandu. The best time to visit is late afternoon when the sun is creeping through the trees with its warm glow.
Biodiversity Education Garden, Kathmandu, Nepal ©MDHarding
Artists came together to paint this beautiful bicentenary mural on the wall of the British Embassy in Kathmandu, celebrating the special, unique, and historic friendship between the UK and Nepal.
Ambassador John Rankin, British Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal ©UK in Nepal
The new comprehensive book Nepal: An introduction to the natural history, ecology, and human impact on the Himalayas edited by Georg Miehe and Colin Pendry, was published/launched in early 2016. The book is a wealth of information, covering the many aspects of flora and fauna and species growing in the different climate zones as well as much more. It can be purchased at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh or Blackwell's (Edinburgh).
Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh - Nepal Borders