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Natural capital valuation of a botanic garden living collection


Little Blue Research supported a botanic garden to value a living
collection of plants

Client description


Botanic garden

Large collection







Client need

The client requested support to value the natural and social capital of one of their
largest living collections as part of a larger overall project.

The challenge

Using the total economic value framework and Green Book criteria & guidance to assign monetary values to a living collection of plants.

Identifying research on the value of the specimens that make up the living collection.

The results

Summary of the qualitative, quantitative and monetary values produced for the living collection over a fifty-year time period.

Recommendations and options for expanding the valuation of the living collection.

Assessment of the potential value of 17 aspects, with monetary estimates provided for five of these.


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