06 09/06/2011

Biggest ever European Carniverous Plant Expo set for Chester Zoo

One of the greatest collections of carnivorous plants ever displayed will go on show at Chester Zoo this summer as part of the European Carnivorous Plant Expo.

Leading experts from across the continent will descend on the zoo for the two-day exhibition – seen as Europe’s showpiece carnivorous plant event.

Visitors will enjoy a rare chance to see the bizarre collections close up and explore a specially built Carnivorous Plant Village.

Tim Bailey, Chairman of the UK Carnivorous Plant Society, tasked with organizing this year’s event said: “The event will bring together the biggest display of carnivorous plants ever seen in Europe.

“It will certainly be a unique gathering, featuring workshops, activities and lectures led by all manner of experts, authors and even some who have appeared on TV.”

Top botanists will be on hand to give demonstrations and offer advice and a range of carnivorous plant species will be on sale from top UK and European traders.

The event will also feature an acting Charles Darwin - the man credited with bringing carnivorous plant species to the world’s attention, through his numerous experiments and ground-breaking book, Insectivorous Plants, published in July 1875.

A number of fun activities will also be open to children, including storytelling and workshops on how the likes of Venus fly traps snap and catch food.

WHAT:            European Carnivorous Plant Exhibition

WHEN:            Saturday, July 2nd - Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

TIME:               10am - 6pm, daily.

WHERE:           Chester Zoo, Oakfield Lawns

COST:              The exhibition is free of charge with normal zoo admission.



For more pics/info/interviews with organisers and experts please contact Will Condliffe (details below).


Will Condliffe

Media Officer

(t):    01244 389462    

(m):  07500 442065     

(e):   w.condliffe@chesterzoo.org