Each year the British Mycological Society has a programme of public exhibitions and displays which are organised to help people understand what fungi are and what varied roles fungi undertake in both the natural world and the world of mankind.
The venues have been at both large horticultural shows such as the Chelsea Flower Show, Malvern Three Counties Show and Tatton Park Flower Show as well has venues such as regional museums and botanic gardens. The stands consists of displays of local fresh fungi, models of fungi designed to show both the appearance of common species as well as demonstrating how fungi are made up and function. There are posters and leaflets on display and to take away which describe and illustrate the world of fungi designed for all ages and experience. The stands are manned by enthusiastic and knowledgeable helpers who can answer any questions or queries and help anyone to further their interest in fungi whatever their level of experience or age.
The displays have been highly regarded and often win medals. The Society has won a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show on two occasions, the last being in 2008. It has also won gold medals at Malvern Three Counties Show and the Royal Horticultural Show at Tatton Park. During the 2008 Chelsea Flower Show the British Mycological Society was featured on the BBC television series covering events at the show, where Prof. Lynne Boddy was interviewed by TV presenter, Alan Titchmarsh.
Anyone able to visit one of these displays or exhibitions will find their visit very enjoyable and informative and will come away totally amazed by this hidden and forgotten kingdom.
For more information on where our exhibitions and displays are being held visit our Public events and News pages.