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Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Date of Inscription: 2003
Criteria: (ii)(iii)(iv)
Property : 132.0000 ha
Buffer zone: 350.0000 ha
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, southwest Greater London
N51 28 55.0 W0 17 38.5
Ref: 1084

Brief Description

This historic landscape garden features elements that illustrate significant periods of the art of gardens from the 18th to the 20th centuries. The gardens house botanic collections (conserved plants, living plants and documents) that have been considerably enriched through the centuries. Since their creation in 1759, the gardens have made a significant and uninterrupted contribution to the study of plant diversity and economic botany.
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Justification for Inscription

Criterion ii: Since the 18th century, the Botanic Gardens of Kew have been closely associated with scientific and economic exchanges established throughout the world in the field of botany, and this is reflected in the richness of its collections. The landscape features and architectural features of the gardens reflect considerable artistic influences both with regard to the European continent and to more distant regions. Criterion iii: Kew Gardens have largely contributed to advances in many scientific disciplines, particularly botany and ecology. Criterion iv: The landscape gardens and the edifices created by celebrated artists such as Charles Bridgeman, William Kent, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and William Chambers reflect the beginning of movements which were to have international influence.

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