Welcome to Stephen Hopper's blog

By: Prof. Stephen Hopper - 04/12/2009

A successful 250th anniversary year for Kew.

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Steve Hopper Portrait

It’s been a great honour to lead Kew through its 250th anniversary year, and it’s certainly been a busy year! To mark this momentous occasion we’ve celebrated with displays and events including free entry to the Gardens on New Year’s Day, an array of exotic plants during our Tropical Extravaganza in the Princess of Wales Conservatory, and the much anticipated relaunch of Kew’s website.

As I hope you’ll be experiencing as you read this, our new website means we can bring you more relevant and timely content about Kew’s science and conservation work around the world and give you access to our collections and history in ways which suit your needs.

Sharing Kew’s knowledge about plants and protecting plant diversity is an important part of my role as Director of Kew. As an organisation, we’re extremely concerned about the impacts of climate change upon people and environments around the world.

We work to identify which species are endangered, and therefore potentially at greater risk from climate change. With the start of the Copenhagen climate change summit next week, we’re keen to encourage support for this ambitious global deal and continue in our role as an agent for the mitigation of climate change.

Last month Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank partnership successfully banked 10% of the world's wild plant species and we have set our sights on saving 25% by 2020. We’re also aiming to develop their uses in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and restoring damaged habitats.

I’d like to encourage everyone to get involved and see how you can help. For just £1,000 or £2,000 you can get together with friends to save a plant species. Or you can play a vital part in protecting our environment by adopting a seed for just £25.

4 comments on 'Welcome to Stephen Hopper's blog'

chrise says

01/09/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

The relaunched website looks great, if I may say so myself. Any chance to admire these exotic plants again this year?

Feedback Team says

01/06/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

You can find information on opening times of the Gardens here: http://www.kew.org/visit-kew-gardens/visit-information/opening-times/index.htm


31/05/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

hi i just wanted to know when it opens and closes


25/03/2010 12:00:00 AM | Report abuse

Great job, keep up the good work stephen

About Stephen Hopper

Steve Hopper

Professor Stephen Hopper is the 14th Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

He is a plant conservation biologist, best known for pioneering research leading to positive conservation outcomes in south-west Australia (one of the few temperate-zone global biodiversity hotspots) and for the collaborative description of 300 new plant taxa (eucalypts, orchids, and the kangaroo paw family Haemodoraceae).

Professor Stephen Hopper joined Kew in October 2006, and has led the development of a forward 10 year Breathing Planet Programme for Kew and its global partners. This collaborative Programme aims to make an urgent and necessary step change in the application of science-based plant diversity solutions towards sustainable living and a reasonable quality of life, in the face of accelerating climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

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