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Chairman of Invest UK, Rupert Gather spoke about the event as an opportunity “to really engage with our international community, to engage with British culture and society because InvestUK is an inward investment business that relies on working with our international clients to support British business and enterprise and economy, so this is a great example.”
Guests were treated to an exceptional guided tour of the Palm House, led by Kew’s experienced horticulturists. Dating back to 1844, this glasshouse serves as a sanctuary for the preservation of plants in their natural habitats. It was a unique opportunity for attendees to witness first-hand the wonders of botanical preservation.
The Marianne North Gallery hosted a breath-taking collection of 19th-century botanical art, displayed in geographical order. This exhibition provided a captivating glimpse into botanical exploration and artistry, showcasing the fusion of science and creativity that left a lasting impression on all who attended.
Richard Barley, the Director of Gardens at Kew, presented an overview of Kew’s remarkable conservation efforts. His presentation shed light on the urgent need for the restoration of the 175-year-old Palm House, one of the world’s most significant glasshouses and home to some of the rarest tropical plants globally. The restoration project aims not only to preserve the building’s historic fabric but also to power it with renewable energy technology, creating sustainable environmental conditions for the collections within. This restoration is of paramount importance to ensure that the Palm House continues to inspire millions of visitors to Kew Gardens, including the over 90,000 school children who visit annually. It is a crucial step in preserving this culturally iconic structure for generations to come.
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