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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew response: Conclusion of the Erena Wilson Inquest

Richard Barley, Director of Horticulture, RBG Kew, says:

'We welcome the conclusion of the inquest and hope that it has provided some measure of relief for all involved.

'We are reassured that the coroner-appointed independent expert, Dr David Lonsdale, found that our tree management system is robust and that there were no reasonable means by which the tragic accident on 23 September 2012 could have been prevented.

'We are deeply saddened by the death of Ms Wilson, and continue to express our sympathy to her family and friends.

'We would like to reassure our visitors that their safety remains of paramount importance to us. The probability of a visitor coming to harm at Kew as a result of a falling branch is exceptionally low.'



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RBG Kew press office
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