E-petition at Kew Gardens - Your help required

Dear WABA members,

Several of our members and many other Australian botanical artists have worked or exhibited at Kew over many years. We have been invited to support an e-petition against proposed funding cuts to Kew and the gardens. Kew and its gardens are a vital scientific and conservation institution, both nationally and internationally. Cuts there have implications for Australian plant research. Valuable historical plant specimens are housed there  including collections by Banks and Robert Brown when they landed in Australia. Please take the time to log on to the petition and read the email below from Dr Gerhard Prenner (Senior Researcher at Kew Gardens, contact details provided below), which will provide a concise account of Kew's significance and of the drastic cuts ...

Science and conservation at Kew Gardens (http://www.kew.org/) is under

threat due to government cuts - £5M deficit will lead to a loss of over

120 posts (see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-26821046 )!


Please help to prevent this, please sign this e-petition:

http://bit.ly/save_kew , and please, please forward this message to your

colleagues and friends. Every single signature is VERY important!"


Dr Gerhard PRENNER

Senior Researcher in Morphology/Anatomy

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Jodrell Laboratory

Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3DS


* ++44(0)20 8332 5316

* g.prenner at kew.org


Gerhard Prenner <G.Prenner@kew.org>