Preserving Kew's heritage
At Kew, we never forget that our ambitions for the future rest on two and a half centuries of scientific excellence and history. Our status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is an honour but also a responsibility, as we have many historic structures, buildings and landscapes to maintain.
This responsibility is best exemplified by the Temperate House – the world’s largest surviving glass structure from the Victorian era. Last renovated in the 1970s, it is in urgent need of restoration and improved access. We have therefore made its restoration one of our highest campaign priorities. Dr Tim Entwisle, Kew’s Director of Conservation, Living Collections and Estates is coordinating this project.
Major support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, underwriting by the UK government through Defra and early pledges from philanthropists Eddie and Sue Davies, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Wolfson Foundation in 2011 quickly provided momentum for this enormous project.
These commitments and gifts have also acted as the springboard for the public launch of our ambitious fundraising campaign.
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