Juan Carlos I Royal Botanic Gardens, Alcalá de Henares University
The Juan Carlos I Royal Botanic Gardens keeps documented collections of almost 8000 different species of plants, with four main objectives: Scientific research, flora conservation, botanical/environmental education and recreation. The botanic garden has a wide variety of plants, including an important number of edible plants at their organic vegetable garden. By participating in BigPicnic, Juan Carlos I Royal Botanic Gardens hope to empower their audiences to make informed decisions about food choices and share knowledge by promoting debate about food security. They intend to collaborate with organisations that have shared audiences and objectives such as other departments of Alcalá de Henares University, nearby schools and cultural places, environmental education organisations and agricultural groups. They will improve and build new relationships with local communities including botanic garden and university staff and volunteers, neighbours and citizens of Alcalá de Henares, as well as local restaurants, hotels, farmers, producers and retailers.