In September 2017, Hurricane Irma broke records when winds devastated the Caribbean. After the chaos died down, the islands’ beautiful plant life also bore the scars of a disaster. In Kew’s first known response to a humanitarian crisis, the Tree Gang and our science programmes joined forces to help.
Field science is behind some of the most rare and endangered plants now protected and displayed at the Temperate House. Kew Scientist Elinor Breman takes a break from expeditions to explain why it continues to be part of Kew’s heritage.
You might have noticed that parts of the gardens are sometimes closed off. Kew is hard at work tackling the spread of Oak Processionary Moths – but what are they, and why are they a problem? Our Head of the Arboretum, Tony Kirkham, tells us more.