Tag Archives: George Benjamin

Move to recognise Charlie’s bravery – and the plant he saved

Renewed efforts are in hand to adopt the St Helena ebony as the island’s national flower. And a place on the map may be in store for the man who brought it back from extinction – in his teeth. Charlie … Continue reading

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The Saint who risked all to rescue a plant

The day Charlie Benjamin climbed up a cliff with a flower in his teeth may become part of  St Helena folklore. That perilous act brought back the island’s ebony plant from apparent extinction. There has since been talk of declaring … Continue reading

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Kew man keeps hope alive for extinct St Helena Olive

Plant experts still hope to rediscover the St Helena Olive, the unique island tree that was declared lost in 2003 – for a second time. The stubby tree was presumed extinct until island naturalist George Benjamin discovered a single specimen … Continue reading

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St Helena Olive turns to stone in island’s extinction project

The lost St Helena olive looks set to be recreated in stone, as part of a project to record the world’s extinct species. The Memo Project is being established on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, where the RMS St Helena … Continue reading

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Wirebird remains on global danger list, thanks to airport

St Helena’s unique wirebird features on the latest “red list” of the world’s critically endangered species, thanks to threats from the airport and new tourist developments. Its recovering population should have been enough for its threat status to be relaxed, … Continue reading

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Endemics for sale: St Helena’s new cash crop?

Some of St Helena’s unique plants could be grown for export to garden centres around the world, it’s been suggested. The idea is put forward in the masterplan for the Wirebird Hills eco-resort at Broad Bottom, which also includes planting … Continue reading

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George Benjamin: the man who saved the St Helena ebony

George Benjamin had already discovered the last surviving St Helena Olive tree when, in 1980, he spotted an unusual plant on a cliff. It turned out to be one of the island’s “lost” endemic plants: the St Helena (dwarf) ebony, … Continue reading

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