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Kew’s Grow Wild voted Best Environment Project in the National Lottery Awards 2016

Anita Rani at Grow Wild Scotland flagship site, Barrhead Water Works
Tue, 2016-08-23 09:21

Supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Grow Wild is the national outreach initiative of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Through us millions of people are doing something positive where they live; connecting with wild flowers, plants and places around them, taking notice of nature, getting active, learning new things and sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm.

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

This crowdfunding campaign ended on 4 August 2016.

Thank you to all those who contributed.

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.