Nick Clegg has announced today that the Government will continue current levels of funding for the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew until at least April 2015.
The £1.5 million funding will help the world renowned scientific research institute to continue its work. It will help to secure a number of jobs and enable Kew to undertake vital research.
In a speech to the State of Nature conference organised by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Nick Clegg said:
“Kew is one of the most important scientific and environmental institutions in the world. 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.”
UPDATE: And on a related theme…
The building of a 3,000-mile coastal path round the entire English coast will be complete by 2020, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has pledged, allaying fears by countryside and access groups that political impetus for that the national trail was fading…
Countryside groups welcomed the popular initiative. “We’re overjoyed that the government has recognised the huge public love for our coast and the enormous benefits access to our coastline will bring,” said Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers.