Save British botanical gardens scientific work

This video is about Kew Gardens in London, England.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Campaign and petitions launched to save botanical garden jobs

Saturday 19th April 2014

London’s Kew and Wakehurst Place in Sussex are threatened by government cuts

A national campaign has been launched to save vital conservation and scientific work at two botanical gardens where 120 jobs are under threat.

General union GMB said on Thursday that jobs are under threat at Kew in London and Wakehurst Place in Sussex due to government cuts.

Kew Gardens is a world leader in its field with over 250 years experience, but has announced a £5 million deficit.

The campaign includes a petition and early day motion in Parliament.

Naturalist Sir David Attenborough is backing the campaign.

GMB regional officer Paul Grafton said “The aim is to save globally important conservation and science under threat.

“Never before has Kew faced such a significant threat to its future. It now needs public support to ensure its globally-important plant and fungal collections can continue to be used to support plant and fungal science and conservation around the world.”

The petition can be found here.


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22 thoughts on “Save British botanical gardens scientific work

  1. Will reblog this
    I was trained at Edinburgh botanic garden which was my great good fortune.
    The research and conservation that there gardens carry out could not be achieved any where else.
    There potential job losses show the lack of commitment this government has to the much needed conservation needs of our planet.


  2. Reblogged this on Petchary's Blog and commented:
    Kew Gardens was a place of beauty and delight to me when I was growing up not far away in the London suburbs. The father of a schoolfriend was a keeper in the gardens and lived there. I remember wonderful summer evenings playing in the gardens after they closed to the public.But Kew Gardens is not just a beautiful place. It has always been a major international center of scientific research and is of even greater significance, with climate change increasing the need to conserve so many endangered plant species. Whether you are in England or not, please support the campaign to save Kew Gardens and Wakehurst Place from government cuts.


    • Thanks for the reblog and your words, petchary! Kew Gardens is important foe science all over the world. It also attracts birds and other animals. And there are two fine art galleries.


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