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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Wakehurst)

United Kingdom - West Sussex - Haywards Heath

Institution Code: K

International Agenda Registration: Y
BGCI Member: Y

The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst
The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst

About the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Wakehurst)

Wakehurst Place, in the beautiful High Weald of Sussex, is an outstanding botanic garden and conservation area, managed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

At Wakehurst Place, there is great emphasis on conservation, with the Millennium Seed Bank - the world's most ambitious conservation project, firmly established; with the Loder Valley Nature Reserve embracing three major types of local habitat; woodland, meadowland and wetland; and the Francis Rose Reserve, probably the first nature reserve dedicated to mosses, liverworts, lichens and filmy ferns (Cryptogams) in Europe.

Main Address:
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Wakehurst)
Wakehurst Place
Haywards Heath
West Sussex RH17 6TN United Kingdom

Telephone: 01444 894066 
Fax: 01444 894069
Primary Email:

Staff Details

  • Director's Name: Prof. Stephen Hopper
    Curator's Name:
    Plant Records Officer's Name:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Gene/Seed Bank
  • Status
  • Status: State: Y
  • Date founded: 1965
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Y
  • Landscaped Area: Y
  • Latitude: 51.067847
    Longitude: -0.084165
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Y
  • Seed Bank: Y
    Computer Plant Record System: Y
  • Open to public: Y
    Friends society: Y
    Disabled access: Y

Plant Collections

  • Special Collections:Pinaceae, Cupressaceae, Betulaceae, Fagaceae, Ericaceae, Taxodiaceae, Hypericaceae, Rutaceae, Zingiberaceae, Aceraceae, Taxaceae. Betula, Nothofagus, Skimmia, Hypericum, Rhododendron, Erica, Calluna, Sequoiadendron, Pinus, Quercus, Abies, Picea, Chamaecyp

Conservation Programmes

  • Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Y
    Reintroduction Programme: Y

Research Programmes

  • Seed/Spore Biology: Y

Education Programmes

  • Visitor/Education Centre: Y
    Education Signs in Garden: Y
    Public Lectures/Talks: Y
    Education Booklets/Leaflets: Y
    Guided Tours: Y
    Permanent Public Displays: Y
    Special Exhibitions: Y