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Donate your unwanted foreign coins to Kew

Have you returned from holiday with unwanted currency? Perhaps you have foreign coins and notes hidden away in the back of a drawer? Why not donate them to Kew and support our work?

A collection of Euro coins.
Donate your foreign currency and support Kew's work (Image: Andrea Guerra)

UK Banks will not exchange coins, so rather than hang on to them, why not donate them to Kew?

How it works

You can make a donation of foreign currency using our collection boxes around the Gardens. The coins and notes donated are picked up and counted by a cash handling company, who convert them at a favourable rate to Kew. All foreign currencies are accepted, no matter how obscure. By making a donation, your Euro coins, Hong Kong dollars, Hungarian forints and other currencies are put to good use in supporting the work of the Gardens.

Collection boxes at Kew Gardens can be found in the Palm House, Princess of Wales Conservatory, Temperate House and at Victoria Plaza. At Wakehurst they are located in the Mansion, the Orange Room and Visitor Centre. 

How your donation will help

All donations help Kew look after our world-class botanic gardens and horticultural expertise, and inspire future generations to find out more about the importance of plants in the living world. More specifically, your donation will help us to:

  • keep the 326 acres of Gardens looking amazing for Kew’s 1.35 million visitors a year, with 200 horticultural staff supported by volunteers
  • maintain Kew’s three behind-the-scenes nurseries (Tropical Nursery, the Melon Yard and Arboretum), which propagate plants for research, the public glasshouses in the Gardens and other institutions. They act as a living library of plants for scientists and provide a living gene bank of rare and endangered species.
  • care for the world’s largest collection of orchids – an amazing 3,000 species and 8,000 individual plants. The pick of the collection is displayed in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
  • tend one of the oldest glasshouse plants in the world, the Eastern cape giant cycad (Encephalartos altensteinii), in the Palm House. This South African cycad arrived at Kew in 1775 and is still going strong!

Contact Jill Taylor to find out more:

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28 June 2012
What a great idea! I'll dig out the coins I've collected from previous holidays.
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