Our future is botanic

Help protect plants today, because they are our future.

If plant life stops, all life stops.

But at Kew, we're not going to let that happen. We've only just scratched the surface of what plants and fungi can do.

Now it's time to protect them and fight against biodiversity loss to ensure the future of food security, medicine and clean air. 

Take a deep dive into our stories below to understand the power of plants and fungi in sustaining life on Earth.  

This is food

  • Rice seeds in hands, Nepal

    Why Kew is fighting for food security

    Richard Deverell, Director of Kew, explains why preserving biodiversity will protect the food on your plate. 

  • Rice meal in the Philipinnes ©Avel Chuklanov/Unsplash

    Rice, rice, baby: The global importance of rice

    Rice is the staple food for billions of people. So it's vital that we protect it.

  • Chickpeas on a white and blue plate

    A family affair: Protecting the humble chickpea

    How did the chickpea get to our plates, and can its family help it out of future climate trouble?

This is medicine

  • Green ball oozing sap

    Into the wild: Plant drug discovery

    The intrepid search for plant medicines in some of the most remote places on the planet. 

  • Grains, foods and spices at the Gyeongdong market in Seoul

    Plants, drugs and rocky soil

    How scientists are using plant science to identify life-saving drugs for the future 

  • Pink flowers

    Plants and the evolution of anticancer drugs

    How the discovery of plant-based drugs has helped fight cancer. 

This is clean air

  • London skyline with buildings and trees

    Amazing ways trees help our cities

    From cleaning the air to boosting flood protection, trees are essential to urban resilience.

  • Charcoal-making at Wakehurst

    Making sustainable charcoal at Wakehurst

    Find out how we make charcoal and how it keeps our trees healthy.

  • Forest from above

    10 golden rules for restoring forests

    Learn how reforestation can tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.

Support us

  • Bottle brush

    Visit Kew Gardens

    Explore more fascinating plant stories in our Gardens and glasshouses.

  • View from Kodak Corner at Wakehurst of the Mansion Pond

    Visit Wakehurst

    Escape into a living plant collection in our wild botanic garden.

  • A scientists works in the laboratory


    Support our groundbreaking scientific research and conservation efforts today.