Philip Pullman is one of the speakers on a new audio guide which is being launched at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden today (21 March 2012).
Timothy Walker, director of the Garden, Emma Williams, Kate Pritchard and Lily Friend from the Garden, and storyteller Xanthe Gresham have joined forces with the Oxford-based His Dark Materials author to record the guide, which can be used for free with admission to the Garden.
The guide takes the form of a laminated map of the Garden and visitors will receive a discovery pen which, upon touching a photograph on the map, will play a recording.
Dr Alison Foster, senior curator of the Botanic Garden, said: ‘We are delighted to now be able to offer our visitors a new audio guide, which is narrated by great storytellers as well as experts from the Botanic Garden. We hope the guide will enhance the visitor experience and be popular with families.
‘Highlights of the guide include plants in the glass houses and trees, which will be relevant all year round – not just in summer.’
The guide was made possible by sponsorship from the Helen Roll charity and was recorded and edited by Eka Morgan.