Since it was founded in 1759 by Princess Augusta, Kew has grown into a global leader in plant and fungal science and an international visitor attraction, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003.
Today Kew has the largest, most diverse collections of living and preserved botanical specimens in the world. The landscape contains a great scientific collection of over 14,000 trees, including rare and ancient varieties. Kew also grows over 30,000 different kinds of plants from tropical, temperate, arid and alpine climates, many of which have a high conservation status. These collections provide a living reference library for our scientists, and a dynamic landscape in which to display the beauty and wonder of this diverse natural kingdom on which all life depends.