Trusts & Foundations

Funding from charitable trusts and foundations help Kew to work ahead of government to inspire and deliver science-based plant conservation worldwide.

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Kew is committed to supporting the botanists of the future.


For further information on how charitable trusts and foundations can work in partnership with Kew, please contact:

David Tatham

Phone 020 8332 3226







Investing in change

As environmental challenges become ever more acute, the demands on Kew’s work intensify. Funding from charitable trusts and foundations enables Kew to face these challenges as soon as they are identified, embarking on ambitious and ground-breaking projects.

Working in partnership

Kew works in close collaboration with charitable trusts and foundations to deliver pioneering and exciting projects, and we are always seeking to develop new relationships with funders as partners in this vital work. We particularly welcome trustees and grant administrators to visit Kew and meet with project staff.

A rich heritage of philanthropy at Kew

The support of visionary charitable trusts and foundations has always been integral to the development of Kew and remains essential to our work today.

How the Wellcome Trust is making a difference

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The Great Plant Hunt

The Great Plant Hunt  is a national scheme which encourages children to explore the natural world and join other schools in the biggest ever school science project. The project invites primary school children to follow in the footsteps of Darwin by going on nature walks in and around their school grounds, to find out more about plants and in the process learn key scientific skills. The Great Plant Hunt is commissioned and funded by the Wellcome Trust.

How the Heritage Lottery Fund is making a difference

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Marianne North Gallery

The Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting Kew to restore the Marianne North Gallery, a Victorian art gallery purpose built within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to display the work of the intrepid traveller and artist, Marianne North. This funding will help conserve the gallery and the collection it houses for future generations.

How the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is making a difference

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Digitisation of Kew's collections

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports the digitisation of key elements of Kew's collections. The digitisation process allows for our collections to be queried and analysed in ways not previously possible, and enables access by 'virtual visitors' unable to visit the collections in person.

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Expedition to remote coastal areas

Join Kew experts on an expedition to Central America

10 Nov 2011
Discover the remotest corners of Central America and the Caribbean with Kew scientists on a small expedition ship. An amazing discovery and adventure opportunity for members and Friends of Kew.


Kew Patrons take tour of the Conservation Biotechnology Laboratory

15 Sep 2011
Kew Patrons go behind the scenes for an exclusive tour of Kew’s innovative conservation laboratory and get a glimpse of some of the world’s most endangered plants.


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