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Explore Kew’s first Science Festival

girl with magnifying glass
Tue, 2016-07-12 14:29

Celebrating ground-breaking scientific discoveries and the work of Kew scientists, this family friendly festival will showcase the importance of plant and fungal research and the need for conservation.

Visitors can get hands-on and interactive with Kew’s science in a way that will spark a lifelong interest in plants and fungi. Through onsite workshops and activities led by Kew scientists, researchers and students, the aim is to raise awareness of a wide range of important scientific issues.

Help us solve the mystery of the 2,000 year-old medicinal plant

Aloe vera in Kew's Princess of Wales Conservatory
Tue, 2016-06-28 09:26

Natural product superstar

Aloe vera is one of the most commonly used ingredients in our shopping basket today—from cosmetic products to skin care medicines—and is even rumoured to have been a staple in Cleopatra’s beauty regime some 2,000 years ago. But the ingredient in our supermarket baskets is a botanical mystery. How did this species go from a wild plant to a natural product superstar?

Grow Wild shortlisted for National Lottery Award – vote now!

Lady dressed as a bee in wildflower meadow
Mon, 2016-06-27 14:50

Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – engaging people outside the garden walls in why plants matter.

“Before there was nothing round here for people my age, but now they’re all getting together and volunteering,” says Carla from her Grow Wild community project in Northern Ireland.

Kew staff on the Somme, 100 years on

Somme 100 poster with CWGC logo
Tue, 2016-06-14 10:05

Kew’s wartime legacy is tied closely with that of the birth of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). In 1916, Sir Arthur Hill, then Assistant Director of Kew, became the very first plant expert (or ‘Botanical Advisor’) to work with the fledgling Graves Registration Commission, which had been hastily established as a result of the huge number of losses during the First World War.