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MPs widen debate over future funding for Kew Gardens

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Legislation to shore up the finances of Kew Gardens will bring in much-needed funds for the heritage site, but is no substitute for the state providing more cash, MPs have warned.

Kew is acknowledged as a global leader in plant research and conservation, but has struggled financially in recently years as its direct grant from government has fallen. To generate more cash for the botanic gardens and its work, legislation to allow 150-year leases of buildings on the site has been proposed. Currently, the Crown Lands Act 1702 limits leases at the site to 31 years, and the government has estimated that changing this would generate income of up to £40 million in the first 10 years.

While acknowledging the contribution that would make to Kew’s finances, Stroud MP David Drew said more public funding was needed.

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