The Guardian chats to 24 year old botanist Josh Styles who’s saving plants from extinction in the north-west of England.
When we think about endangered species, our minds often conjure up images of pandas, polar bears and elephants. But there’s thousands of plants on our doorstep that are either already extinct, or extremely close to dying out. Although many of them are hardly noticeable, they play an important role in their local ecosystems. If these declines are left unchecked, the UK’s diverse plant population could quickly disappear in a matter of years.
Josh has made it his personal mission to reinvigorate and reintroduce various wild plant species back into his native north-west area. He’s not your typical botanist. Far from it, he’s young and trendy and even has his own YouTube channel. The activist says that you can never be too young to care about the environment and hopes to inspire others to take an interest in Britain’s countryside. Although it might look like small gains, his work is vitally important for protecting wildlife, reducing carbon in the air and helps to preserve great horticulture for years to come.
The Guardian|Plants Before Pandas|Documentaries
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