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Trusts and foundations

As environmental challenges such as climate change, food insecurity, disease and habitat destruction become ever more acute, the demands on Kew’s expertise and resources intensify. Kew works in close collaboration with charitable trusts and foundations to deliver pioneering and exciting projects, and we are always looking to develop new relationships with funders as partners in this vital work.
Photo of scientists collecting grasses in Madagascar
Kew scientists and partners collecting grasses in Madagascar.


For further information on how charitable trusts and foundations can work in partnership with Kew, please contact:

Alex Pridgeon

Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 3221

Key areas trusts and foundations support:

  • International conservation and livelihood development
  • Ground-breaking plant and fungal scientific research
  • Capital projects including: Temperate House restoration, developing a Children’s Garden, producing new interpretative signage
  • Preserving and making accessible Kew’s Library, Art and Archives collections
  • Outreach in the local community
  • Formal learning for community school groups


How the Wellcome Trust is making a difference


The Great Plant Hunt  is a national scheme that encourages children to explore the natural world and join other schools in the biggest ever school science project. The project invites primary school children to follow in the footsteps of Darwin by going on nature walks in and around their school grounds, to find out more about plants and, in the process, learn key scientific skills. The Great Plant Hunt is commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

How the Heritage Lottery Fund is making a difference


Painting of a butterfly settled on a leaf next to the large pink flower of Protea cynaroides, by Marianne North

The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting Kew to restore the Marianne North Gallery, a Victorian art gallery purpose-built within Kew Gardens, to display the work of the intrepid traveller and artist, Marianne North. This funding will help conserve the Gallery and the collection it houses for future generations.


How the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is making a difference


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports the digitisation of key elements of Kew's collections. The digitisation process allows our collections to be queried and analysed in ways not previously possible, and enables access by 'virtual visitors' unable to visit the collections in person.