Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew


Heritage Category: World Heritage Site

List Entry Number: 1000102

Date first listed: 2003

Date of most recent amendment: 2010


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This historic landscape garden features elements that illustrate significant periods of the art of gardens from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The gardens house botanic collections (conserved plants, living plants and documents) that have been considerably enriched through the centuries. Since their creation in 1759, the gardens have made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany.

This is a cultural World Heritage Site in England located at N51 28 55.0 W0 17 38.5. It measures 132 hectares and its buffer zone measures 350 hectares.

The Management Plan for the World Heritage Site is being revised (2010). The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew has a lead officer for the World Heritage Site who is responsible for implementation of the objectives and action plan. A Steering Group made up of key stakeholders oversees World Heritage activities.


This entry is compiled from information provided by UNESCO who hold the official record for all World Heritage Sites at their Paris Head Quarters. This entry is provided for information only and those requiring further assistance should contact the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO.

Criterion (ii): Since the 18th century, the Botanic Gardens of Kew have been closely associated with scientific and economic exchanges established throughout the world in the field of botany, and this is reflected in the richness of its collections. The landscape and architectural features of the Gardens reflect considerable artistic influences both with regard to the European continent and to more distant regions

Criterion (iii): Kew Gardens have largely contributed to advances in many scientific disciplines, particularly botany and ecology

Criterion (iv): The landscape gardens and the edifices created by celebrated artists such as Charles Bridgeman, William Kent, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and William Chambers reflect the beginning of movements which were to have international influence.

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