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About Kew Foundation

Established as an independent charity in 1990, Kew Foundation raises much needed funds from individuals, companies and trusts to support Kew’s work.

The Foundation is a Company limited by guarantee, regulated by the Charity Commission and governed by a Board of Trustees.

Registered Charity Number 803428
Company Number 2499006

Kew receives approximately half of its income from central government but is also reliant on income from other sources. Without the voluntary monies raised through membership, donations and grants, Kew would have to significantly scale back activities at a time when, as environmental challenges become ever more acute, its resources and expertise are needed in the world more than ever.

The Foundation’s purpose is to secure voluntary income and, in recent years, its activities have contributed approximately 11% of Kew’s yearly income.

For further information on how funds raised by the Foundation have supported Kew’s work in the last financial year, download the Kew Foundation Trustees Report and Financial Statement for year ending March 2013.


Board of Trustees


  • Marcus Agius


  • Giles Coode-Adams OBE DL


  • Mick Davis and Barbara Davis
  • Johan Eliasch
  • Richard Gnodde and Kara Gnodde
  • Stephen Hester
  • Dr Michael Lynch and Angela Lynch
  • Charles Sherwood
  • Robert Swannell and Patricia Swannell
  • Johanna Waterous

Trustees appointed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

  • Marcus Agius (ex officio)
  • Sir Henry Keswick (ex officio)
  • George Loudon (ex officio)