BBC reveals one year at Kew

Documentary series to unveil the worklings of famous botanic gardens

The workings of one of the world’s most famous botanic gardens are to be revealed in a new 12-part BBC documentary series. A Year at Kew, starting on 27 August on BBC 2, will show viewers behind the scenes at the Royal Botanic Gardens (RBG), Kew, looking at how the gardens are maintained and how science and conservation are undertaken at the World Heritage Site. The series also visits Kew’s country estate Wakehurst Place in West Sussex. Kew director Professor Sir Peter Crane said: “Viewers will get a fascinating glimpse, not only of the magnificent plants, landscapes and buildings at Kew, but of the terrific team that works here. The series introduces you to the real people of Kew, what makes them tick and the personal commitment that it takes to sustain this great botanical garden.” A team from BBC Wales has been at the site since April 2003, following events such as late-night pollination of the giant Amazon waterlily through to the work of the site’s arboriculture experts. Images shot at RBG Kew and other locations around the world are being reproduced in the book New Views. The publication follows Kew’s Garden Photographers’ Exhibition 2004 and contains 100 photographs, one-third of which were taken at Kew and Wakehurst Place. The images have an introduction written by Kew director Professor Sir Peter Crane and an introductory essay from Gardens Illustrated editor Clare Foster

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