Decision : 27 COM 8C.32
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Inscribes the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom, on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii) and (iv):

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 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;.

2. Encourages the State Party to include on the staff of the Royal Botanic Gardens a landscape architect or other specialist qualified in the history of art and history in general, so that architectural conservation activities can be coordinated on-site; and

3. Notes that these activities need to be balanced with the property's other roles in science, education and public enjoyment.

Themes: Inscriptions on the World Heritage List
Focal Point: EUR/NA
Year: 2003
Decision Code: 27 COM 8C.32