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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. 

Kew Specialist Certificates in Horticulture

Certificate information

Kew Specialist Certificates are 12 month, salaried training (currently £14,255, which includes a book allowance of £725). Perfect for horticulturists wishing to specialise in a particular area of horticulture by spending a full year within that area of specialism. Open to horticulturists anywhere in the world who would like to come to Kew to undertake some professional training in some of Kew’s unique plant collections.

State of the World's Plants report released by Kew

Photo of Pantanal biome in Brazil
Mon, 2016-05-09 15:27


The report provides a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth, the global threats plants face, the policies in place and their effectiveness in dealing with threats. The report has taken a year to produce and involved more than 80 scientists.

Kew Specialist Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture


  • One year, September to September

The programme involves:

  • working on a rotational basis within the following areas, Rose collections, Seasonal bedding displays, Rock Garden (inc. Davies Alpine House), Aquatic Garden, Woodland Garden, Grass Garden and the Great Broadwalk Borders
  • Students undertaking a two week exchange with other ornamental horticultural students from another horticultural organisation eg RHS Garden, or a National Trust garden

The coursework involves: