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Funding the Royal Botanic Gardens

11 December 2014

The Science and Technology Committee announced on 12 November 2014 that it would hold a one-off evidence session addressing announcements made by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew regarding its £5m "budget gap".


The Committee meeting will take place on Wednesday 17 December 2014 at 9.15am at Cambridge Cottage, Kew.

At 9.15 am

  • Professor Mary Gibby, UK Plant Sciences Federation
  • Professor Georgina Mace, Fellow, The Royal Society
  • Sir Neil Chalmers, Chair of a 2010 independent review of Kew Gardens, commissioned by Defra

At 9.55 am (approximately)

  • Richard Deverell, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Professor Kathy Willis, Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Julie Flanagan, Full time officer, Prospect
  • Ken Bailey, Trade union side lead for PCS, Prospect and GMB.

At 10.35 am (approximately)

  • Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for natural environment and science, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

This session will not be webcast because it is not being held at the House of Commons. A sound recording of the evidence hearing will be made available on the Committee inquiry page in due course.

Location of evidence hearing

The evidence session will be held at Cambridge Cottage, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The address is as follows:

Cambridge Cottage
37 Kew Green
Surrey  TW9 3AB

Map to Cambridge Cottage (PDF 79 KB)

Access arrangements at the meeting

  • Members of the public are encouraged to arrive by 8.55am at the private Cambridge Cottage entrance on Kew Green.
  • The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. 
  • There is no system for the prior reservation of seats. 
  • There will be no standing room to observe the evidence hearing.
  • Once the session has commenced, further admittance will be based on the availability of seats.


All media interest should be directed to Nick Davies, Media Officer, House of Commons.