ONE of the greatest collections of carnivorous plants ever displayed will be shown at Chester Zoo this summer.

As part of the European Carnivorous Plant Exposition, leading experts from across the continent will descend on the zoo for the two-day exhibition from July 2-3 – seen as Europe’s showpiece carnivorous plant event.

Visitors will enjoy a rare chance to see the bizarre collections close up and explore a specially built Carnivorous Plant Village.

Tim Bailey, chairman of the UK Carnivorous Plant Society, tasked with organising this year’s event, said: “The event will bring together the biggest display of carnivorous plants ever seen in Europe.

“It will certainly be a unique gathering, featuring workshops, activities and lectures led by all manner of experts, authors and even some who have appeared on TV.”

Top botanists will be on hand to give demonstrations and offer advice and a range of carnivorous plant species will be on sale from top UK and European traders.

The event will also feature an acting Charles Darwin, the man credited with bringing carnivorous plant species to the world’s attention, through his numerous experiments and ground-breaking book Insectivorous Plants, published in July 1875.

A number of fun activities will also be open to children, including storytelling and workshops on how the likes of Venus fly traps snap and catch food.

The exhibition is free of charge with normal zoo admission.

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