Books in the Park Event: Ben Jacob, author of The Orchid Outlaw: One Man’s Mission to Save Britain’s Rarest Flowers in conversation with Zabby Allen

Date: Saturday 13 April 2024

Ben Jacob, the author of The Orchid Outlaw: One Man’s Mission to Save Britain’s Rarest Flowers will be in conversation with Zabby Allen, founder of Wild South London on Saturday 13th April 2024 from 5pm until 6pm at Beckenham Place Mansion, Beckenham Place Park, Beckenham, Bromley, Greater London, BR3 1SY. Obsessed by orchids since childhood, Ben spent years travelling to far-flung jungles to see them in the wild. Then a chance encounter set him off on a journey of discovery into the wonderful, but often forgotten, world of Britain’s fifty-one native species. But our orchids are in desperate trouble. Many species are facing extinction. Decimated by changes in land use and climate, inadequately protected by environmental and planning laws, their habitats are disappearing fast. Determined to act before it was too late, Ben broke into building sites in the dead of night to rescue threatened plants, and turned his kitchen into a laboratory, his fridge into storage for hundreds of baby orchids, and his back yard into a plantation. But doing all that put him on the wrong side of the law. At once a memoir, a natural history, and an inspiring call to action, reintroducing us to Britain’s most endangered flowers, The Orchid Outlaw shows us how we can all save the world, one plant at a time. For more information and to book your place, please click here.

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