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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Wakehurst)

United Kingdom - West Sussex - Haywards Heath

Institution Code: K

International Agenda Registration: Yes

BGCI Member: Yes

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
Ardingly
Haywards Heath
West Sussex RH17 6TN United Kingdom

Telephone: 01444 894066 
Fax: 01444 894069
URL: http://kew.org/visitor/aboutwp.html
Primary Email: wakehurst@kew.org

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: Yes
  • Date founded: 1965
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Latitude: 51.067847
    Longitude: -0.084165
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres

Features and Facilities

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

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: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Seed/Spore Biology: Yes

Education Programmes

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