Science & Conservation at Kew

Kew is well known as a World Heritage Site with 250 years of history. Here, we introduce you to Kew's Breathing Planet Programme - the strategy which is at the heart of our work.

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Helping the planet breathe

Kew's Breathing Planet Programme consists of seven roads to a more resilient planet. Find out more about our work here.

Biodiversity Challenge
Search and rescue
Why we're helping to conserve what remains of the world's intact habitats.
Local plants for local people
Why it's important to save seeds for our future.
Running repairs
Wonders and marvels

The latest news and blogs

Introducing the GIS Unit

by: Justin Moat, GIS team blog
03 Jan 2012

Find out more about the GIS Unit at Kew from Justin Moat.

Fascinating collection of Ray Cowell's illustrations comes to Kew

by: Lynn Parker, Library, Art and Archives blog
20 Dec 2011

Read about a new acquisition of illustrations by artist Ray Cowell, who painted fungi in astonishing detail -  even including the teeth marks of hungry rodents!

GIS surveys in New Guinea

13 Dec 2011
Kew botanists have helped to survey the vegetation of Biak Island, off the north coast of New Guinea.

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Forgotten forests - the magnificent Mount Mabu

Originally discovered in 2005, Mount Mabu was placed on the conservation map in 2008 when Kew's Jonathan Timberlake, and colleagues from partner organisations visited the area for the very first time. Watch this video and discover why Mount Mabu is so special, find out more about the plants and animals we found and gain an insight into what it's like to be on expedition.

Interactive map - explore plants at risk

Making a difference around the world

Global map

Explore Kew's interactive map and find out how our science and conservation work is making a huge difference in the UK and around the world.

Find out about the new discoveries Kew's science teams have made across plant science and mycology, how the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership is driving vital global conservation work and how our innovative research into the use of plants is helping communities worldwide.

All life depends on plants - and not just those we value most. The health of the planet - and our future - depends on the immense wealth of different species of plants and fungi that grow in the Earth's many and varied habitats.

Interactive map - Explore Kew's work around the world

Why you need Kew

Why you need Kew

More than one in five of the world's plants are threatened with extinction. We all rely on plants for food, clean air and water, but they are more threatened than birds, and as threatened as mammals. We need to understand more about how plants adapt to environmental change, and how to use them in ways that are sustainable. Much of Kew’s work is focused on these challenges.