Players of People’s Postcode Lottery help new scheme to protect the UK’s trees take root
19 March 2013
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the latest organisation to benefit from funding generated by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. £100,000 has been awarded to Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank to develop a new initiative to protect the UK’s trees – the UK National Tree Seed Project.
Seeds from the UK’s trees and shrubs will be collected and banked in the vaults of the Millennium Seed Bank by scientists from Kew, partner organisations and volunteers. The Millennium Seed Bank, which is based at Wakehurst Place in Sussex, already safeguards practically the entire UK flora in its vaults and works to restore these native plants and trees to their natural habitats.
The support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery will ensure that the collection of UK tree seeds already protected in Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank will grow and become more comprehensive, ultimately representing the full diversity of the UK’s tree populations. These seeds will be available to research organisations working on solutions to the threats facing UK trees, such as pests and diseases, and their control. Ultimately, these seed collections will be used for restoring trees to the UK countryside.
Dr Paul Smith, Head of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank says, “In the last 10 years a host of pests and diseases have shown us just how very fragile our UK woodlands are. Establishing the United Kingdom’s first comprehensive national tree seed bank has never been more important. This funding from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery will help us kick start this vital project to protect the nation’s much-loved trees.”
Kate Pearson, Trusts Manager at People’s Postcode Lottery said, “The work undertaken at Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is vitally important to ensuring our woodlands continue to thrive. On behalf of players of People’s Postcode Lottery, we are delighted to be able to support Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank. This funding marks the start of long-term support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.”
People’s Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, 40p from every £2 ticket goes to support charities and good causes across England, Scotland and Wales, over £23million has been raised so far by players. People’s Postcode Lottery believes in supporting local communities so the money raised stays local to players.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is the world’s most ambitious plant conservation initiative and Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank is the largest facility of its kind. Collecting and conserving wild plant seeds provides an insurance policy against extinction, supports practical conservation and provides options for the future use of plants for the benefit of people and the planet. Most of the collections are available for research and over a third have a known use to people.
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The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a world famous scientific organisation, internationally respected for its outstanding living collection of plants and world-class Herbarium as well as its scientific expertise in plant diversity, conservation and sustainable development in the UK and around the world.
Kew Gardens is a major international visitor attraction. Its landscaped 132 hectares and RBG Kew’s country estate, Wakehurst Place, attract over 1.5 visits every year. Kew was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2003 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2009. Wakehurst Place is home to Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, the largest wild plant seed bank in the world.
Kew receives approximately half its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Further funding needed to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales.
For further information about Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/save-seed-prosper/millennium-seed-bank/
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