Chester Zoo Gardens

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United Kingdom - Chester

Institution Code: CHZ00

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

About the Chester Zoo Gardens

The North of England Zoological Society (Chester Zoo) is a charitable organisation which recieves no state funding

Main Address:
Chester Zoo Gardens
Caughall Road
CH2 1LH United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 1244 380280
Fax: +44 1244 371273
URL: www.
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Dr Mark Pilgrim
    Curator's Name: Phil Esseen
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 23
    Educational Staff Number: 14
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Zoological Institution
  • Status
  • Status: Trust: Yes
  • Date founded: 1934
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
    Natural vegetation area: Size: 3 Hectares
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
    Landscaped Area: Size: 40 Hectares
  • Total Area: 110 Hectares
    Latitude: 53.22551
    Longitude: -2.87758
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Retail Outlet: Shop: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 1900000
    Number of Volunteers: 200

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 4000
  • Special Collections:Large collection of temperate plants throughout the gardens and tropical plants in tropical houses.
    Plant Heritage collection of Pleurothallidinae orchids (over 700 species). Plant Heritage collections of Copiapoa, Matucana and Turbinicarpus cacti. Plant Heritage collection of Nepenthes. Growing a number of threatened species including UK natives and species from Mauritius and Rodrigues.
  • Plant Collection Policy: Yes

Conservation Programmes

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Conservation - Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Yes
    Education Signs in Garden: Yes
    Public Lectures/Talks: Yes
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Yes
    Guided Tours: Yes
    Permanent Public Displays: Yes
    Special Exhibitions: Yes
    Courses for School Children: Yes
    Courses for University/College Students: No