Experts warn against government cuts on Kew Garden

Experts warn against government cuts on Kew Garden

A team of experts have said that Government cuts and interference will affect the future of science at Kew Garden.

Ministers joined others in opposing cuts on Kew Garden. They said that the government's decision to cut spending on Kew Garden is a recipe for failure and undermines Kew's "capability to produce world-beating plant science". The KewGarden faced s shortage of £5 million that led to 100 redundancies including 50 scientists.

The ministers said that the government has failed to make sure that there is a proper long-term funding strategy for the important work that was being carried out at the Kew Garden.The ministers on the Science and Technology Committee criticized the government for failing to put in place a strategy for the success of efforts.

The committee's chairman Andrew Miller said, "The way the Government provides funds to the Royal Botanic Gardens leaves them with little ability to plan for the future and is undermining Kew's capability to produce world-beating plant science.The Government must work out a stable way of funding the Gardens that provides greater long term certainty for Kew's important work."

They said that the government is not required to micro-manage Kew's finances and some financial freedom must be given to the garden.

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