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Save Kew Gardens Funding
Save Kew Gardens fundingKew Gardens, established more than 200 years ago is the largest oldest and biggest repository of plants and plant research in the world. There is an international campaign demanding that the £5m budget cut should be restored. Kew maintains the world's premier plant and fungal collections, including 30,000 living plants, one billion seeds and the DNA of 20% of the world's plant species. Kew is important for international plant conservation and part of our heritage.
The Government's and Defra's irresponsible action in cutting its grant aid threatens the jobs of 125 professional staff members, its work and reputation. It is a national scandal that this hugely important centre of scientific and environmental excellence should face outrageous cuts and exposure to commercial interests. In June a petition signed by 100,000 was presented to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street by Tory MP Zac Goldsmith whose constituency covers Kew.
On 3 September 2014, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, announced a reversal of the 2014 £5m cuts to Kew’s operating budget. However, this welcome move will not reverse the damage of five years successive reductions to Kew’s operational funding.
On 11 November the Commons Parliamentary Select Committee on Science and Technology announced a one-off evidence session addressing announcements made by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew regarding its handling of a £5m “budget gap An “evidence session” is used to inform and advise Parliament.
Please sign and share the petition at http://bit.ly/save_kew. Its not too late!
You can also write to your MP to express your concern.
Please encourage them to support our demand to reverse and prevent further cuts to Kew’s funding and ask them to support Early Day Motion 117.
and Mountain Flowers of the World by Roger Smith
Brecon and Radnor branch Winter Lecture Thurs 11th December
Mountain Flowers of the World by Roger SmithCoffee 2.00pm, Lecture 2.30, Tea after lecture
Contact Maldwyn Rees for further details and booking
"Collecting Hardy Plants in the Mountains of North Vietnam"
Clwyd Branch Lecture November 26th
Theatr Twm o'r Nant Station Road Denbigh LL16 3DA
Collecting Hardy Plants in the Mountains of North Vietnam
Speaker Plant Hunter Bleddyn Wynn-Jones of Crûg Farm
Doors open 6.30 for Book Sale, Mulled Wine and mince pies.
Hope to see you there!
The book sale will be in support of the WHGT 25th Anniversary Small Grants Scheme.
Llannerch Park near St Asaph
Llannerch had an amazing baroque garden in the 1660s created by Mutton Davies, as shown in the early prospect painting below. This painting is in a private collection. A smaller version is now in the Yale Centre for British Art. This picture should be saved for the Nation by the National Museum of Wales.
Amazing landscapes in Wales NBGW
Amazing landscapes in Wales