The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew schools bursary programme is aimed at institutions with students from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to learn about seed conservation and the research work of Kew’s scientists.
Gatwick Airport is funding the travel costs for these schools to visit Wakehurst, which receives an average of 10,000 school children annually.
Wakehurst also provides a wide variety of educational activities for students, which meet curriculum targets across a range of subjects, including; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“We are delighted to be partnering with Wakehurst to provide an opportunity for students to visit and develop their understanding of the important conservation work which takes place at the botanic garden,” enthused Alison Addy, head, community engagement, Gatwick Airport. “It is our aim to inform and inspire the next generation of young people to take an interest in STEM-related opportunities.”