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Kew Gardens Saved From Cuts

Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Current levels of funding for Kew Gardens in London are to be maintained following a campaign against Government cuts.

Kew Gardens Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says 1.5 million has been secured to help the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew continue its scientific research work.

The potential cuts had put more than a hundred jobs at risj and threatened Kew's world-renowned work conserving plants and undertaking vital research.

A petition signed by more than 100,000 people was handed into Downing Street earlier this year.

"Kew is one of the most important scientific and environmental institutions in the world," Mr Clegg said.

"That is why I am so pleased to announce today that I have secured 1.5 million to maintain Government funding for Kew Gardens until at least April 2015 so its vital work can continue.

"This is something that I know a lot of people have been campaigning for and is a significant step towards protecting the future of our environment."