Sir David Attenborough unveils quote at Urban Nature Project

Natural History Museum Updates
July 3, 2023

Sir David Attenborough has visited the Natural History Museum to unveil a powerful quote, as part of its Urban Nature Project, of which Workman is a proud sponsor.

The quote about the future of the natural world is expected to inspire visitors to the Museum’s new gardens, which are set to open in 2024.

Sir David Attenborough’s compelling words, “The future of the natural world, on which we all depend, is in our hands” were unveiled today in bronze lettering on the east carriage ramp outside the Museum’s main entrance and will overlook the new gardens.

The Museum’s Urban Nature Project is currently underway to transform the Museum’s five-acre gardens into a hub for urban nature and biodiversity.

At the unveiling, Sir David Attenborough said: “Each of us must cherish the natural world that surrounds us, from wide open countryside to tiny patches of green in our cities.  I hope the Urban Nature Project and the new gardens at the Museum will take learning into the open air and inspire young people to continue to value, understand and support the natural world on their doorsteps and far beyond.”

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum said: “We were honoured to welcome Sir David Attenborough to the Museum this morning to unveil his powerful and inspiring words which will overlook our new gardens.

Knowing that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world, it’s more important than ever to protect the wildlife in our urban spaces. Through the Urban Nature Project, the Museum is encouraging visitors and young people to explore natural history in a new way, giving them the tools to look to the future and safeguard nature in towns and cities.”

Through the Urban Nature Project, the new gardens within the Museum grounds will be somewhere visitors can learn more about the incredible diversity of life on Earth, and Museum scientists can develop best practices to protect urban nature.

The Museum’s existing Wildlife Garden will be extended to double the area of native habitats within the grounds, with the aim of better supporting, monitoring and managing the animal and plant life diversity. The gardens will also be home to scientific sensors gathering environmental DNA and acoustic data, to monitor, understand and protect urban nature.

Elsewhere in the grounds, new outdoor galleries will tell the story of evolving life on Earth from 540 million years ago to the present day, following an immersive timeline of plants, trees, reptiles, birds and mammals. Visitors will come face to face with a giant bronze Diplodocus immersed in a Jurassic landscape.

Find out more about the Urban Nature Project at:

Image Credit: Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London

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