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Regions receiving support:
England, Scotland and Wales
HRH The Prince of Wales, Sir David Attenborough
Our players' support helps...
Kew Gardens is one of the world's best
loved botanic gardens, and a world-leading centre for plant science and
conservation. Plants provide the oxygen we breathe, protect freshwater
supplies, are a rich source of medicines, and provide food for animals –
including humans. Without them, we would soon perish.
Despite this, 25% of the world's plant
species are at risk of extinction in the wild. Kew's Millennium Seed Bank
Partnership aims to save plants worldwide with a
focus on those most at risk and most useful – in farming, horticulture,
medicine, forestry or underpinning economic activities. Placing seeds in
deep-freeze storage keeps them alive for centuries, meaning that Kew can prevent
plants from going extinct and support their reintroduction.
Together with partner seed banks around
the world, Kew have already safeguarded over 30,000 plant species, and hope to
raise this to 75,000 species by 2020.
Here in Britain, the rapid emergence of pests, diseases and invasive species threatens some of our most important and cherished tree species such as ash, oak and Scots pine. Funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery is supporting Kew's efforts to collect seeds from the 50 most important tree species found in the UK. By setting up the UK's first comprehensive store of UK tree seeds, we can support research to combat tree diseases and enable the restoration of trees with natural resistance to the wild.
Thanks to the fantastic help of our players, People's Postcode Lottery...
Postcode Lottery players help new Kew Gardens scheme to protect UK tre...