Kew gardens research at risk due to lack of funding

A new report has warned that the world-class research carried out at London’s Kew Gardens is at risk because of the British government’s financial mismanagement of the organisation.

Kew Gardens in London

Kew Gardens in London. Image by Ghislain Mary / CC BY 2.0

The Science and Technology Select Committee believes the current funding at The Royal Botanic Gardens is a recipe for failure. And with the facility facing a financial shortfall of £5.5 million a year, there have been calls for a long-term financial strategy.

The Evening Standards reports that the chair of the committee, Mr Andrew Miller, MP, stressed the importance of the research work at Kew - not just on a national, but at a global level.

More than seven million plants and fungi specimens are housed in Kew Gardens, which has been at the forefront of botanical research for more than 250 years.

However public funding has been cut by £2 million a year and this, allied with a drop in charitable donations, means that institution, is showing an annual deficit of £5.5 million.

Two one-off payments of £1.5 million and £2.3 million has been promised by the government which isn’t sufficient according to the committee.

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