Chester Zoo reveals secrets of plant conservation – with gin tasting

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Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo plant conservationists are inviting guests to discover the botanical secrets of gin, at a special, one-off tasting event.

The unique evening event gives visitors the chance to explore the zoo’s exotic rare plant collection and talk to the experts who care for it.

Guests can taste and smell some of Chester Zoo’s homegrown plants within the zoo’s 125 acres of zoological gardens, before experiencing specially created botany-inspired gin cocktails and canapes.  We’ll drink to that!

Gin tasting in the zoo’s grade II listed restaurant, The Oakfield, will reveal the role of plants in the creation of award-winning gins by the zoo’s partners, Cuckoo Gin.

Phil Esseen, Chester Zoo’s Curator of Botany and Horticulture, said: “Everyone knows that the zoo is a world leader in animal care and conservation, but scratch beneath the surface and you’ll find a hidden zoo, full of delicate flowers and incredible gardens. 

“Indeed, the zoo is home to over 900 different species of orchid, many critically endangered; boasts three National Collections of cacti and many truly unique UK native species.

Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo

“As a conservation charity, we are determined to prevent the extinction of threatened species, and that includes plants. We’re always keen to inspire our visitors into helping us protect rare plants, as well as animal species. For many of us, understanding the importance of botany in gin seems a good place to start!”  

The event takes place on Friday 30 August. Tickets cost £60. This includes guided tours with plant conservation experts, as well as an evening of gin tasting, botanical cocktails and canapés freshly prepared by The Oakfield’s executive chef.  Numbers are limited. Booking is essential.

Income from ticket sales supports the zoo’s work as a global conservation charity.

Tickets can be booked online in advance: https://www.chesterzoo.org/events/chester-zoo-botany/