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Temperate House restoration project

Opened in 1863, the Temperate House is the largest surviving Victorian glasshouse in the world. From August 2013, Kew is undertaking a vital five-year restoration project to restore the Temperate House and its surrounding landscape, and convert the adjoining Evolution House into a world class public engagement centre. Help Kew renew this historic glasshouse today.

Kew's Temperate House

This historic glasshouse embodies all that Kew's about.

We still need to raise £1 million

Whether you visit the Gardens and the Temperate House regularly, or haven’t yet had an opportunity to visit, you can still play a part in saving this historic glasshouse. The Temperate House is twice the size of the Palm House, covering an area of 4,880 m², making it the largest Victorian glasshouse in the world. Help us preserve Kew's unique heritage for future generations. 


Our vision

The Temperate House will be fully restored in five years.

This vital restoration project includes:

  • restoration of the Temperate House building
  • restructuring the horticultural displays
  • rejuvenating the existing historic botanical collection
  • setting up a community outreach programme, apprenticeship scheme and volunteer programme
  • creating a new arm to Kew’s schools education programme, encouraging children and young people to learn more about plants and climate change

This historic glasshouse embodies all that Kew's about – our rich heritage, our world class plant collections and the importance of plants to people’s lives. Find out more in the video below:


With thanks

Defta and Heritage Lottery logos

Kew would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund, Defra, Eddie and Sue Davies, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and other supporters of this vital restoration project.