Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Exploring awe-inspiring plant life

With picturesque giant water lilies, skyscraping ancient oak trees and flowers every shade of the rainbow, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is the epitome of a place of wonder. It’s also the perfect location for children to learn about plants, fungi, biodiversity and the importance of these in their lives.

Our grant of £25,000 will give 28 schools the opportunity to bring 1,500 school children to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site in south-west London by funding travel bursaries. The children will get the chance to explore 326 acres of exotic plants, walk the woodland trails, see the iconic glasshouses and discover the 50,000 living plants which Kew is globally renowned for.

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew attracts approximately 90,000 pupils a year on school trips.
  • Approximately half of the school pupils who visit Kew take part in an education session with a Kew teacher.
  • School pupils who visit Kew have powerful and positive direct engagement with nature and science.

A unique learning environment

By removing the cost of travel, schools will be able to benefit from all Kew has to offer and more children will get the chance to directly engage with nature and science. Schools can book for either a self-led visit, or a hands-on education session where the children can learn from a knowledgeable Kew Teacher.

“As the world faces the increasing consequences of climate change and biodiversity loss, it is vitally important that we engage young people in the value of plants and fungi in their lives. However, we are aware that school trips are a luxury that some schools simply cannot afford. At Kew, we are committed to making our gardens and knowledge accessible to everyone. By providing travel bursaries for schools, pupils can visit Kew who would otherwise not be able to and have the direct contact with nature and science that is so important for their educational and personal development.”

Julia Willison, Head of Learning & Participation, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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