Seagrass cultivation laboratory

NMA Plymouth

Visitors to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth can learn all about the super-plant which is seagrass. Find out why it is so important and what we can all do to help protect it. Get a glimpse into what goes on in our ground breaking, purpose-built Seagrass Laboratory, where seagrass seeds are grown and cared for as part of our restoration work.

As many as 25,000 seagrass plants can be cultivated here each year, before being transplanted onto the seabed.

Seedling: Ocean Conservation Trust.
Seedling/Ocean Conservation Trust.

Augmented reality seagrass bed

Future Meadows

Chloe Georgakis and Will Harvey, under the name Future Meadows, have been developing an immersive artwork which uses augmented reality to tell the story of seagrass. The concept was inspired when spending time surveying boats at Cawsands for ReMEDIES. Chloe says, "We were amazed at the significance of seagrass ecosystems and wanted to use our creative practices to explore the theme." Chloe's background is in 3D Design and Make, with experience in Festival Arts and Decor, while Will is a Digital Artist and Graphic Designer.

The artwork celebrates seagrass, using sculpture, light and augmented reality (AR) to bring this vital aquatic plant to life. Audiences can explore the ecosystem and interact through AR to learn more about its wonders and benefits. It was funded by Natural England, and supported by the Smart Citizens program at the FabLab in Plymouth College Art, as well as the Smart Something Immersive Program via RealIdeas. Chloe continues, "We hope that expanding our understanding and appreciation of this ecosystem through immersive art will encourage support for its revival in Plymouth and beyond."

The seagrass AR artwork has visited events including the Illuminate festival and Sail GP in Plymouth.

Activities at home

Our Education Officer has developed these family-friendly worksheets to introduce children to seagrass and the creatures that rely upon it.

Where do I live?

Can you match the animals to their underwater habitats?

What is Seagrass?

Word puzzles and colouring that bring this super-plant to life.

Build a seagrass ship

Fold a paper ship, float it in water and design your own anchor!

Plant Wildflowers

Replicate our seagrass planting in your own garden with wildflower seeds bombs!

Watching Boats

We often watch boats and record what they are doing, now you can too! It helps us understand how to help the seabed