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New botanic initiative is the ‘Size of Wales’

Quite literally the size of whales
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An interesting twist on an old cliché has been launched at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. In the UK the size of Wales has long been recognised as a useful measure of any disaster area (earthquakes, combat zones and the classic deforestation). Now there’s a new initiative trying to measure something positive in terms of the size of Wales.

Maint Cymru / Size of Wales aims to protect a region of African rainforest equivalent to the size of Wales. Current projects are a mix of conservation and tree-planting schemes.

You can follow @sizeofwales on Twitter. If you’ve got a new disaster or conservation project you’d like to convert into the size of Wales you can try this useful converter which also works with other units like the length of a London Bus and the weight of an African Elephant.

Alun Salt

Alun (he/him) is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.

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