The Rising Path is a competition winning scheme for Cambridge University Botanic Garden. A dynamic spiral, the 65-metre long Rising Path features an interpretation hub and 3-metre high elevated viewpoint, designed to inspire visitors to explore the Garden’s Systematic Beds with fresh eyes and questioning minds.
Occupying nearly three acres, the Systematic Beds at Cambridge University Botanic Garden (CUBG) are of global heritage significance. Laid out in 1845 to demonstrate plant diversity and to teach plant taxonomy, the science of plant classification, uniquely their design incorporates the leading botanic text book of the time and remains bold, visionary and beautiful to this day.
Situated to the south of the Systematic Beds, the Rising Path has been devised as a gently sloping path that leads off from the established path network. The journey along and up the Rising Path will spiral through the maturing conifer collection of the New Pinetum and be punctuated by interpretation highlighting the evolutionary innovations that enabled plants to survive on land. Arriving at the three-metre high viewpoint, visitors will discover a stunning overview of the unique design of the Systematic Beds. The interpretation hub at round level will house engaging displays drawn from the Garden’s archives to encourage visitors to explore the Systematic Beds. The green space enclosed by the Rising Path will provide a group briefing space as well as a pop-up, outdoor plant ‘lab bench’ for public events.