Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset awarded botanic garden status
By Ethan Gudge
A park and art venue has become one of only eight UK sites to receive botanic garden accreditation.
Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset has been recognised for its gardens and plant conservation efforts.
The Dorchester-based beauty spot has become one of only 83 official botanical gardens in the world.
Monique Gudgeon, garden director for the site, said achieving the status was an "emotional moment" and "testament to years of hard work and dedication"
Places recognised by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) in the past include Cornwall's Eden Project.