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Unique international honour for Stellenbosch University's botanical garden

Platform for international partnerships

He added that, with various well-regarded academics and research groups at the university, the SU Botanical Garden provided the “perfect platform” from which to build international partnerships and drive various research and conservation projects.

“Besides the collections, the expertise that has been built up in your Botanical Garden and University has a huge role to play in helping build capacity in other botanic gardens not only in your region but also on the rest of the continent,” Smith said.

Stellenbosch University Chief Operating Officer Professor Stan du Plessis said the accreditation was a valuable international recognition for the leading work at the university’s botanical garden.

Oldest botanical garden in Africa

“The Garden has an important focus on environmental conservation and especially the protection and study of species that are critically endangered,” said du Plessis.