The Duchess, who has been patron of the museum since 2013, was met by director Dr Doug Gurr, who explained how the nature project was helping people to reconnect with the natural world and find the solutions urgently needed to protect our planet’s future.
It will see the museum’s five-acre grounds transformed into a globally relevant urban nature epicentre complete with outdoor classrooms, a ‘living lab’ and a weatherproof cast of the Museum’s famous diplodocus, Dippy.
The project will trigger a nationwide biodiversity movement. Led by the Museum, it will see a coalition of partners deliver science and learning programmes for young people, schools and families across the country.
On arrival at the museum, Dr Gurr showed the Duchess a model of the museum and gardens, before director Clare Matterson showed her some specimens and talked her through the project.
Ms Matterson said afterwards: “The fantastic thing is that she is so interested in nature and learning and children and that’s what this project is all about.
“She’s so engaged, there was lots of nice synergy.
“She was so curious, wanting to know about the science and research we had done, which fits in with her own research-based work on the early years. She was really interested in the idea of how we engage people in the first place, how you get people inspired and interested.”
Ms Matterson revealed that the Duchess had asked her colleague, John Tweddle, head of the museum’s Angela Marmont…