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Science and technology committee hearing for Kew's £5 million 'budget gap'

Photo of Jodrell laboratory, Wolfson wing
Tue, 2014-12-16 16:49

The Science and Technology Committee announced on 12 November 2014 that it would hold a one-off evidence session addressing announcements made by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew regarding its £5 million “budget gap”.

Kew welcomes this hearing:

Deputy Prime Minister commits over 2 million to support Kew

The Palm House at Kew Gardens in the blue sky of autumn
Tue, 2014-12-16 16:07

In September, the Deputy Prime Minister agreed to maintain resource funding for Kew, with £1.5 million initially provided for the years 2014/2015. The extra £2.3 million adds significant funding to the institution, maintaining a government level of resource funding until April 2016.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

PhD studentships in ‘Science & Solutions for a Changing Planet’

Wolfson Wing of Jodrell Laboratory
Tue, 2014-12-16 08:48

The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Partnership is a unique, world-class, multidisciplinary PhD training opportunity. Kew is a partner in this programme, helping to train and inspire a new generation of environmental experts and leaders to tackle some of the toughest challenges of our time. Students have the opportunity to be based at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for their research projects, utilising our world-class collections, facilities and expertise.

Projects based at Kew come under two themes:

Digitising Kew's weeds

Bluebell wood at Kew
Tue, 2014-12-02 13:35

The Wild Flora of Kew Gardens: A Cumulative Checklist from 1759 compiled by Tom Cope (Kew’s Grass Systematist until 2010, and now an Honorary Research Associate) was published by Kew in 2009. This publication combines historical records of plant species recorded growing wild in the 300 acres of Kew Gardens with Tom’s own observations made over the course of 35 years.

Artists: Christmas at Kew 2014

Fri, 2014-11-28 12:02


Books of the month: Kew books for Christmas

Mon, 2014-11-24 12:32

We've selected a range of Kew books that will make ideal gifts this festive season, with ideas for foodies, gardeners, photography enthusiasts, art lovers and even plant hunters. These are some of our bestselling, award-winning titles.

Grow Wild England flagship site unveiled

Grow Wild - Tale of Two Cities Celebration
Tue, 2014-11-18 17:30

Led by Landlife, a charity based at the National Wildflower Centre at Court Hey Park, teams in both cities will use the £120,000 flagship award to transform prominent spaces into wild flower celebrations to connect the two historically-divided cities.