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Our mission and strategy

We want a world where plants and fungi are understood, valued and conserved - because our lives depend on them. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s mission is to be the global resource for plant and fungal knowledge, building an understanding of the world's plants and fungi upon which all our lives depend.

Our strategy

We use the power of our science and the rich diversity of our gardens and collections to provide knowledge, inspiration and understanding of why plants and fungi matter to everyone. Loss of biodiversity, climate change, rapidly-spreading pests and diseases, human population growth and the associated challenges of food security are causing unprecedented stress on human societies around the world. Plants and fungi hold the key to help solve these challenges through the fundamental life-giving processes they drive, the properties they contain, and the materials and food they provide. Through increasing understanding of why plants and fungi matter, we can unlock their potential.

This is an urgent task. We face unprecedented losses of biodiversity and rapid environmental change, and risk losing the precious secrets that plants and fungi can give us before we discover them.

This is an exciting time in our history. We are stewards of this organisation and the accumulated knowledge of our collections, data and people. By delivering this strategy successfully, our organisation will be stronger, we will reach and inspire more people, and contribute to solutions to our planet’s most serious contemporary challenges.

Read our strategy to 2020-21

Our Patron, The Prince of Wales

It is a truly great honour to welcome The Prince as our Patron and we look forward to sharing our many exciting plans for a future in which Kew plays a very central role in the conservation and sustainability of our precious planet.'  Richard Deverell, Director of RBG Kew

In a specially recorded message for Kew, marking the announcement and the launch of our new Great Broad Walk Borders, His Royal Highness said: 'I have always had the greatest affection and admiration for the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, so I could not be more proud and delighted to have been invited to become Patron of this great institution. Kew has had its roots planted deeply in British soil for more than 250 years, but has developed an international reputation as one of the world’s greatest botanic gardens, renowned for its scientific research and plant collections.'

Our Annual Report and Accounts

The latest Annual Report and Accounts of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Previous annual reports and accounts

Annual reports from 2005 on GOV.UK

Our Framework Document 

This framework document was drawn up by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in partnership with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It defines our:

  • key responsibilities and relationships
  • arrangements for governance and accountability