Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Wakehurst)

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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
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: Jo Wenham, Propagation and Collections Manager
    Plant Records Officer's Name:
  • Total Staff:
    Horticultural Staff Number: 35
    Educational Staff Number:
    Research Staff Number:
    Administration Staff Number:

About the Garden

  • Institution Type: Botanic Garden
  • Status
  • Status: State: Yes
  • Date founded: 1965
  • Physical Data
  • Natural Vegetation Area: Yes
  • Landscaped Area: Yes
  • Total Area: 202 Hectares
    Latitude: 51.067847
    Longitude: -0.084165
    Altitude: 0.00 Metres
    Total area of glasshouses: 1000 Metres

Features and Facilities

  • Arboretum: Yes
  • Seed Bank: Yes
    Computer Plant Record System: Yes
  • Open to public: Yes
    Friends society: Yes
    Disabled access: Yes
  • Number of Visitors: 400000

Plant Collections

  • Cultivation Taxa Num: 5339
  • 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

  • Conservation Programme: Yes
    Ex Situ Conservation Programme: Yes
    Reintroduction Programme: Yes

Research Programmes

  • Education: Yes
    Restoration Ecology: Yes
    Seed/Spore Biology: Yes
    Land Restoration: 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
    Courses for General Public: Yes