Kew’s historic Temperate House receives £14.7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant
The grant will enable vital conservation of this Grade One listed heritage building, the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world, and provide visitors with an inspiring new display, bringing to life why plants matter.
In addition to undertaking vital conservation of the Temperate House at Kew Gardens, the grant of £14.7m will also result in a more inspiring public display for visitors. It will help broaden awareness of the importance of plants through learning and engagement programmes with community groups, and will enhance the care of the invaluable scientific collection of plants housed within the Temperate House at Kew Gardens.
This project represents a real step change in the way in which Kew will communicate and bring to life why plants matter, why saving them matters and ultimately why Kew’s science and horticultural expertise matters.Richard Deverell, Director of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Transforming one of Kew’s most important heritage buildings
Richard Deverell, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew says, “We are delighted to be given this opportunity to preserve and transform the Temperate House, one of Kew’s most important heritage buildings.
“This project represents a real step change in the way in which Kew will communicate and bring to life why plants matter, why saving them matters and ultimately why Kew’s science and horticultural expertise matters.
“The Temperate House is the perfect backdrop in which to tell the extraordinary stories of the contemporary relevance of plants to us all. It is home to some of our rarest and most useful plants. What’s more, the sheer range of the locations these plants hail from – the Mediterranean, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America, Asia and the Pacific Islands – offers us an opportunity to make a special connection with the diverse visitors we welcome to Kew.
“We want to use the Temperate House to open up visitors’ minds and imaginations to look at plants and Kew in a new light.”
Inspiring and enthusing a new generation
The project, managed by Turner & Townsend on behalf of Kew, will return the Temperate House to its former glory, restructure the plant displays and rejuvenate the existing plant collection. The adjoining Evolution House will be converted into a centre for public engagement, supported by a bespoke volunteer programme. Kew’s commitment to teaching and enthusing a new generation about plants will be given a boost with a new science education strand added to the schools programme. A Historic Glasshouse Apprenticeship Scheme will train a new generation in heritage restoration and horticulture.
Make a donation today
Kew needs your help if we are to be able to carry out this complex and ambitious restoration. Please make a donation today and become a part of the campaign to renew and reinvigorate Kew’s Temperate House.
Whether you visit the Gardens and the Temperate House regularly, or haven’t yet had an opportunity to visit, you can play a part in saving our heritage and securing our future. Please make a donation today to the Kew Fund, or pick up a leaflet next time you are in the Gardens.