We want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved - because our lives depend on them. Our mission here at at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is to build an understanding of plants and fungi and contribute to solving some of the most critical challenges facing humanity today.
We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone. Loss of biodiversity, climate change, rapidly-spreading pests and diseases, human population growth and the associated challenges of food security are causing unprecedented stress on human societies around the world. Plants and fungi hold the key to help solve these challenges through the fundamental life-giving processes they drive, the properties they contain, and the materials and food they provide. Through increasing understanding of why plants and fungi matter, we can unlock their potential. This is an urgent task. We face unprecedented losses of biodiversity and rapid environmental change, and risk losing the precious secrets that plants and fungi can give us before we discover them.
This is an exciting time in our history. We are stewards of this organisation and the accumulated knowledge of our collections, data and people. By delivering this strategy successfully, our organisation will be stronger, we will reach and inspire more people, and contribute to solutions to our planet’s most serious contemporary challenges.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales became our Patron in July 2016.
In a specially recorded message for Kew, marking the announcement and the launch of our new Great Broad Walk Borders, His Royal Highness said: 'I have always had the greatest affection and admiration for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, so I could not be more proud and delighted to have been invited to become Patron of this great institution. Kew has had its roots planted deeply in British soil for more than 250 years, but has developed an international reputation as one of the world’s greatest botanic gardens, renowned for its scientific research and plant collections.'
The Prince of Wales shares Kew’s belief that a greater understanding of the world’s plants and fungi will help solve some of the most critical challenges facing humanity today. His Royal Highness’ Patronage will help Kew to inspire people around the world to unlock why plants and fungi matter for them.
Richard Deverell, Director of RBG Kew, said:
'It is a truly great honour to welcome The Prince as our Patron and we look forward to sharing our many exciting plans for a future in which Kew plays a very central role in the conservation and sustainability of our precious planet.'
The latest Annual Report and Accounts of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
This document contains the April 2015 to March 2016 annual report and accounts for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.