Needing no introduction, Professor David Bellamy was given the honour of opening Wisley's brand new Field Research Facility yesterday. Seen here with Dr Roger Williams, Head of Science, David was the perfect person to highlight the role of natural history in research.
Below you can see me putting the finishing touches to the bow on the ribbon, David cutting the ribbon with a pair of gardening shears (well, it is the RHS!) and a peak inside the laboratory area of the FRF.
Shortly after the opening ceremony, it was my job to take David and his wife, dignitaries and journalists on a tour of the Plants for Bugs plots. Our entomologist, Andy Salisbury was on hand to demonstrate the vortis suction sampler and help answer any tricky questions. We were all relieved the weather held off.