Stories of the Breathing Planet
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is much more than beautiful historic gardens in the United Kingdom. We lead the world in science-based plant and fungal conservation and our 250 scientists and Research Associates are at the heart of a global network of 800 partner organisations in over 100 countries.
Through the Breathing Planet Campaign, we seek to raise £100 million to harness the power of plants for people and the environment.
We hope the stories on the following pages will explain some of the work we do and inspire you to support our work. Together – through plant science and philanthropy – we can help build a more resilient planet.
A team supported by Kew collected seeds used to restore the 'shining nematolepis' that would have otherwise become extinct.
Kew is participating in a new vegetation survey, for the construction of a railway from the mining are to Guinea's capital and port.
Kew is investigating the beneficial properties of snowdrops and other plants, to improve quality of life for Alzheimer's patients.
Kew is helping regenerate the huarango tree in Peru - restoring the old ecosystems and microclimates at the same time.
Kew and Sir David Attenborough are helping to spread knowledge of the scientific discoveries made by Darwin 200 years ago.
To unlock the potentially miraculous properties of plants, more fund are needed.
Kew offers work experience for students - enabling some of them to become leaders in their own field.
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