Thousands of years of isolation and evolution
mean many island plants and animals occur nowhere else on Earth.
Kew’s work for island floras is mainly based on UK Overseas Territory islands including the British Virgin Islands, Ascension, St. Helena, Monserrat and the Cayman Islands. There are more than 200 endemic plant species in the UK Overseas Territories.
Our work focuses on establishing ‘botanical infrastructure’– creating seed-banks for native species, herbariums, conservation programmes and horticultural training.
Many projects are funded by the Defra Darwin Initiative programme and the Overseas Territories Environment Fund (OTEP).
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