Shropshire

Shrewsbury garden event explores Charles Darwin's influences

A sign in the garden Image copyright Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Image caption Money raised at the event will go towards the garden's restoration, Shropshire Wildlife Trust said

An event at Charles Darwin's childhood garden will consider what sparked his "lifelong curiosity" in nature.

Workshops and talks will take place at the garden in Middle Walk, Shrewsbury, on Tuesday.

Organisers said the day would look at the formative influences on Darwin, who became famed for his theory of evolution by natural selection.

Dr Jude Piesse, from University Centre Shrewsbury, said visitors can also have their say on the site's restoration.

A section of the scientist's garden is being restored by Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which bought the site in 2013.

Charles Darwin 1809-1882

  • Born in Shrewsbury on 12 February 1809
  • A statue of him stands outside Shrewsbury library - a building that was once his school.
  • Famed for his theory of evolution by natural selection
  • On the Origin of Species explained how new species evolved
  • Travelled extensively, most famously as the naturalist on the Beagle on an expedition to South America and the Galapagos Islands

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