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Scotland's Assembly – Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Scottish Roots – Protecting Our Native Plants

On the anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth, e-Sgoil were joined by the the team from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) for a special Scotland's Assembly.

Burns was ‘nature’s bard’; he loved Scotland’s landscapes, plants and animals – and wanted to protect them. This 45 minute live assembly, which is available to watch back below, gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the rare Scottish plants the RBGE are growing in their plant nursery. You'll hear all about the Scottish Plant Recovery team’s hair-raising efforts to track down our most endangered plants and their ingenious experiments to grow plants in new ways.

The assembly blends literacy, STEM, and sustainability to inspire you with Scotland’s amazing nature and the people who work to look after it. The RBGE staff who presented this assembly are supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund.

Scroll beneath the video to access resources referred to and used in the assembly.


  • The Mentimeter we used during the assembly will remain open until 8/2/24 and can be accessed here or go to and use code 13 25 92 0 or scan QR code below.

  • We used this Thinglink, during the assembly. It remains active and can be accessed here.

  • The follow up resources for this assembly, and information on how to submit your classes poems are here.

  • You can find more of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's educational resources here.

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