Hurrah for Kew Gardens, who managed to raise nearly £33m in grants and donations to save its Victorian glasshouse, home to one of the world’s most famous botanical collections, from closure. The glasshouse opened in 1863 and is the world’s largest surviving structure of its kind. It took a whopping 38 years to build. It received a £14.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £10.40m from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and £7.7m in private donations to restore its rotting decorative interior to meet health and safety standards.
Restorations, however, will be quicker this time around. The new and improved glasshouse will feature fresh displays, a new school science programme and an apprentice scheme, which will be training people up to preserve glasshouses and their plants. Kate Hutchinson
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