Help Kew look after the world's most beautiful gardens
Help us look after our world-class botanic gardens and horticulture. Inspire future generations to find out more about the importance of plants for life.
Kew’s unrivalled collection consists of 40,000 living plants across 800 acres at Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place; we have examples of one in eight of all the world’s flowering plants. This extraordinary collection provides a reference source which serves all aspects of botanical and horticultural science at Kew, as well as providing a beautiful escape for visitors. Most important of all, the collection and the horticultural skills that care for them are a resource for the conservation of plant diversity, habitat restoration and species reintroduction.
Your donation to Kew Fund’s Plants, Horticulture and Gardens appeal will help us:
- Keep the 326 acres of Gardens looking amazing for Kew’s 1.35 million visitors a year, with 200 horticulture staff supported by volunteers.
- Maintain Kew’s three behind-the-scene nurseries (Tropical Nursery, the Melon Yard and Arboretum), which propagate plants for research, the public glasshouses in the Gardens and other institutions. They act as a living library of plants for scientists and provide a living gene bank of rare and endangered species.
- Care for the world’s largest collection of orchids – an amazing 3,000 species and 8,000 individual plants. The pick of the collection is displayed in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.
- Tend one of the oldest glasshouse plants in the world, the Eastern cape giant cycad (Encephalartos altensteinii), in the Palm House. This South African cycad arrived at Kew in 1775 and is still going strong!
How your donation can make a difference
By giving a donation today you can help us look after our stunning gardens for future generations to experience and enjoy. Your gift will help us:
- inspire hundreds of thousands of visitors each year with a passion for plants and the natural world
- support our world-class team of horticulturalists and help them keep our 300 acres of garden and 14,000 trees healthy and happy
- look after and conserve our magnificent glasshouses now, and for the future. These buildings recreate the conditions of habitats found around the world and show-off the awesome variety of plants on Earth
- support our gardens at Wakehurst. This magnificent estate provides a cooler, moister environment increasing the range of plants we can cultivate.
Introducing the Kew Fund
The Kew Fund is an annual fundraising campaign that pools the collective force of thousands of individuals to make a big impact with their contributions at Kew. Through the Kew Fund, we ask members and supporters to make a contribution to support our extraordinary institution.
Kew relies on a mix of funding including philanthropy, government grants from Defra, as well as memberships, gate receipts and other earned income. Kew’s annual budget is around £50 million, of which almost 50 per cent is provided by non-government sources.
Every contribution, no matter what size, makes a difference to Kew. You can make a regular gift by Direct Debit, or give by credit/debit card online (or download a form to post). We’ll keep you in touch with how your support is helping Kew.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
How you are helping
04 Feb 2014
The World’s Most Valuable Bank – What is Nature Worth was a Kew Patrons event that took place in November 2013. The panel discussion focussed on the economic value of our planet’s natural resources, and questioned what price we can put on nature. The talk is now available to download as an MP3.
09 Nov 2012
This year, Kew is taking part in the 'Big Give Christmas Challenge', a campaign to encourage philanthropic giving by matching a donors’ gift. Effectively your donation to the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership could be doubled! We need to raise £50,000 for next year’s seed collecting trips, as well as expanding our work on using existing collections. Please note: This campaign ran from 6 to 19 December 2012 and has now finished.
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership ‘top banana’ as it celebrates banking 10% of the world’s wild plant species.
15 Oct 2009
Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is celebrating collecting, banking and conserving 10% of the world’s wild plant species by banking its 24,200th plant species.
27 Jul 2012
A group of Kew Patrons enjoyed a revealing tour of Kew's most iconic glasshouse. Palm House Manager Wesley Shaw spoke about the history of the building, the plants in the collection and the day-to-day work of maintaining this unique part of the Gardens.