Legal and Other Notices

Terms and conditions of use of website

Access to and use of this website is provided by the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and is on the following terms and conditions. If you do not agree to these terms, then please do not use the website. Your use of this website will mean that you accept these terms and the privacy statement included on this website. We may change these terms and/or the privacy statement at any time and your continued use after any such changes are made confirms your agreement to those varied terms.

Your use of the website

You may only use this website for lawful purposes. You must not do anything which may infringe the rights of a third party, or restrict or prevent the use of the website by a third party. For example, you must not: engage in conduct which is unlawful or which may harass, distress or inconvenience any person; transmit obscene or offensive content; or do anything which may disrupt the normal flow of dialogue within this website.

The web interfaces to our databases are designed for manual interactive use by individual researchers. If you require automated access to our data, please contact us, as there are probably more efficient methods that we can use to help achieve your objectives. Excessive use of our data facilities can adversely impact performance for other users. Authors and managers of automated search tools are therefore requested to respect our site's robots.txt directives. Failure to do so may result in your access being blocked without warning.

Copyright, trade marks and other intellectual property rights

Unless otherwise indicated, we or our licensors own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights (excluding third party trade marks and trade names) in this website and all information, data and other materials on it. Where it is owned by a third party, certain restrictions may apply that you have to comply with. Where these apply, they will be indicated on the relevant part of this website.

Your use of data on this website

You may use data on these Terms and Conditions and on further condition that:

  • The data is not used for commercial purposes;
  • You may copy and retain data solely for scholarly, educational or research purposes;
  • You may not publish our data, except for small extracts provided for illustrative purposes and duly acknowledged;
  • You acknowledge the source of the data by the words "With the permission of the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew" in a position which is reasonably prominent in view of your use of the data;

Any other use of data or any other content from this website may only be made with our prior written agreement.

Exclusion of warranties

While every effort has been taken to ensure that the information on this website (including in the databases) is reliable and complete, this website and all information, data and other materials on it, is provided only on an "as is" and "as available" basis.

We do not accept any responsibility for any errors or omissions in any data or any other material on or accessed through this website. We exclude all warranties (whether express or implied) in respect of such data and other material (including as to satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security or accuracy).

Where you download software and/or data from this website you do so at your own risk.

We give no warranty that this website, functions in the data and other material on this website or the technology that provides this website will be uninterrupted and/or free from bugs, viruses or errors.

Exclusion of our liability to you

To the fullest extent that we may do so by law, we exclude our liability and that of our agents, employees or sub-contractors, for any loss, damage, claim, cost or expense however it may arise, whether from an inability to use this website, use of any materials on or from this website or otherwise in connection with this website.

We do not exclude our liability for damages resulting from our fraud or for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence.

In no circumstances will we, our agents, employees or sub-contractors be liable to you for any business interruption or loss of use, data, profits, contracts or goodwill or any anticipated savings.

Links to other websites

We do not accept any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of the information found on websites linked to this website, or for sites linked to those other websites.

Please see our Linking Policy for information about how to link to this website and also how we may link to your website.

When other specific terms apply

Additional Terms and Conditions relating to use of specific databases or portions of the website may be specified in the relevant database or web pages. If there is a conflict between the Terms and Conditions set out in this web page, and specific Terms and Conditions which appear elsewhere on this website, the latter will take priority.

If these terms are unenforceable

If any of these terms are determined by a court to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these terms will still apply, but the provision which was held to be invalid, illegal or otherwise unenforceable will no longer have effect.

Rights of third parties

These terms are not enforceable under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 by any person not a party to them.

The law governing these terms

These terms will be governed by the laws of England and Wales. Any disputes under these terms shall be dealt with exclusively by the courts of England and Wales.

Privacy Statement

This is a statement of our current use of your data. It is not intended to form a binding contract and may be changed at any time by the Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Your personal data

If we need to, we may collect personal information such as your name, title, home or business address, e-mail address, telephone or fax number. If we do, it is likely to be only for a limited number of reasons, for example, when ordering publications, sending CV's, subscribing to our mailing lists or using our databases.

Our policy is not to ask for sensitive personal data - that is, data relating to: race or ethnic origin; political opinion; religious or other similar beliefs; trade union membership; physical or mental health; sexual orientation; criminal records. We recommend that you do not provide such information to us. If you choose to do so for any reason, this will mean that you have given (and we accept) your explicit consent for us to use that information for the reasons described in this policy, or as explained at the time you provide the information.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you may ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and you may request changes be made to this information if it is inaccurate or not up-to-date. If you want to change the details that you have registered on-line with us, follow the instructions for each individual application.

To help us improve our services, if you send us personal information which identifies you via e-mail, we may keep your email, your e-mail address and "screen" name. We may also collect information that is available from your browser.

Use of your data

We will not, without your permission, give any of your data to any third parties.

Except for the mailing list activities which we run on some parts of our website, where you explicitly choose to receive materials from us, we will not use your personal data collected from our website to carry out unsolicited marketing activities. You may change your choice at any time by contacting us at our postal address.