People's Postcode Lottery helps Kew wage war on tree pests and diseases

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew is the latest organisation to benefit from funding racked up by players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Millennium Seed Bank was awarded £100,000 to develop an initiative to protect the UK's trees. The UK National Tree Seed Project collects seeds from the trees and shrubs and banks them in the vaults of the seed bank.

The Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place in Sussex already safeguards almost the entire UK flora in its vaults and works to restore these native plants and trees to their natural habitats. This latest funding will be used to increase the collection, for use in research into pests and diseases.

Millennium Seed Bank head Dr Paul Smith said: "In the last 10 years a host of pests and diseases have shown us just how very fragile our UK woodlands are. Establishing the United Kingdom's first comprehensive national tree seed bank has never been more important."

People's Postcode Lottery trust manager Kate Pearson said: "The work undertaken at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is vitally important to ensuring our woodlands continue to thrive. We are delighted to be able to support Kew's Millennium Seed Bank."

People's Postcode Lottery is a charity lottery, where players play with their postcodes to win cash prizes while raising money for good causes. As a charity lottery, 40p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes, and more than £23m has been raised so far by players.


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