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
Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3DS
* g.prenner at kew.org
Gerhard Prenner <G.Prenner@kew.org>