One outstanding project will receive £120,000 of funding to create an inspiring wild flower haven full of colour and wildlife for everyone to enjoy – we want you to help us decide who wins.There is a shortlist of five projects: City to Sea in Plymouth, Cody Wilds in East London, Love Square in Sheffield, People’s Plant Collection in Bristol and Tale of Two Cities in Liverpool and Manchester.
Plants are truly remarkable: even with all our modern technological prowess they still feed, clothe and shelter us, help transport us and can intoxicate and cure us. Authors Helen and William Bynum are expert guides to the rich histories, significance and uses of over 80 key plants in 69 entries, revealing our relationship with them, both utilitarian and aesthetic, and their multiple benefits and cultural associations.
We heard this morning that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, is due to make an announcement today (3.30pm) in a speech at the RSPB’s State of Nature conference that he has secured additional funding of £1.5M for Kew for the current financial year.
Nick Clegg’s speech will be published in full in due course, but in the meantime this is the comment that his press office has issued:
In a speech to the State of Nature conference organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Deputy Prime Minister said:
Taking a journey through the scientific life of a unique British institution, this book explores how the last 250 years have transformed our relationship with plants for good.
Kathy Willis, Kew’s Director of Science and presenter of the Radio 4 series, and Carolyn Fry, the acclaimed science writer, take the reader through 25 vivid chapters from the birth of modern botany right through to the modern day.
The sides of the Pleasaunce hedges at Wakehurst, Kew’s country garden in Ardingly, have proved invaluable to Limehurst who have been collecting yew hedge clippings around the UK since 1992. The firm, based at Hambrook near Chichester, extract taxol from the clippings - a constituent of a chemotherapy drug given to treat ovarian and breast cancers.