We were deeply saddened to hear news that the one of our favourite green spaces in London is under threat from government cuts. Kew Gardens is a wonderful 300-acre World Heritage Site housing over 30,000 species of plants and is one of the best places in the city for a rural retreat. Lovely walks, picnics, hot houses and flower gazing aside, the Royal Botanic Gardens are also a world-leader in conservation and botanical science. Now, due to government cuts, Kew has a £5 million deficit for this year and will need to cut over 120 jobs. The majority of posts lost will be in science and public engagement – this means that whole areas of important work are likely to be halted.
Sir David Attenborough recently said:
“Kew has an absolutely crucial role in looking after our botanical heritage and our botanical future. The important thing to remember is that it is the premiere botanical gardens in the world scientifically. People who think it is just a place to go to look at pretty flowers and flower beds are mistaking the importance of Kew Gardens. The Seed Bank is of world importance and it should be supported by the Government like a proper institution or university and the continuing idea that Kew Gardens is merely a playground and that you just put up the prices to look after it is a misguided assessment of the value of Kew. The Government and the scientific departments should recognise that and support it properly.”
And we all know that David Attenborough should be listened to at ALL times.