Plant products on display in Kew's Museum No.1

Plant & Fungi uses

All life depends on plants!

Plants are essential for human wellbeing; they provide us with food, medicine, fibres, fuel, building materials and many other products, some of which can be seen in Kew's historic plant artefact collection. Plants also provide essential ecosystem services. For example, plants provide us with oxygen and recycle the carbon dioxide which we exhale. In addition, plants hold great cultural meaning for peoples all over the world. Their individual beauty, as well as the gardens and landscapes in which they grow, provide us with one of life's greatest pleasures.

It is estimated that the global value of nature's services lie between $18 and $61 trillion each year - comparable to the gross economic output of the globe.

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