Kew Foundation

Kew Foundation

Charity information

Kew Foundation

Kew Foundation raises funds from individuals, companies and trusts to support the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew both in the UK and around the world.

Founded 1990

  • Mission statement

    For over 250 years, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has led the world in plant and fungal science. Today, with hundreds of scientists at the centre of a global network, we are leading the quest to find plant-based solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing people and our planet, including food security, climate change and biodiversity loss.

    Our beautiful and historic sites at Kew, London and Wakehurst, West Sussex, are among the world’s most loved public gardens. These are places where plants are cherished and celebrated, and where future generations come to learn.

    Kew is unlocking why plants matter, because all of our lives depend on plants.

  • Aims

    Kew Foundation aims to:

    • Preserving Kew's unique historic buildings and landscape, in keeping with its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
    • Educating the next generation about plant conservation, and making Kew's world-renowned gardens and collections accessible, informative and educational for over 1.5 million visitors a year.
    • Investigating beneficial uses and applications of plants - whether in medicine, food security, fabrics, fuel, shelter, regulating the climate, reducing pollution, or controlling crop pests & diseases.
    • Banking and sharing seeds from 25% of the world's flowering plant species to ensure the long term survival of plant life, habitat restoration and sustainable livelihoods.
    • Conserving and restoring threatened habitats and ecosystems around the world.
  • Overview

    Established: September 1990

    Registered Charity Number: 803428

    Board members: 20

    Full time staff: 40

    Part time staff: 10

    Volunteers: 5

    Phone number: 020 8332 3218

    Address: The Herbarium, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, RichmondSurrey TW9 3AE

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