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|Kew Gardens Named World Heritage Site
- UN hands accolade to London's garden of the globe
THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS, better known to the world as Kew Gardens, has been named a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
"This is hugely exciting for us," said Professor Peter Crane, director of the Gardens. "It is a stamp of approval that puts us in the company of the best of the best and it brings with it increased prestige and public awareness."
Crane isn't kidding about being in exalted company. Such tourist magnets as as the Taj Mahal, the Great Wall of China and Stonehenge have also been included in the UN's list.
Kew attracts over one million visitors a year to its combination of stunning parkland and huge greenhouses, both of which contain botanical specimens from around the world. As well as interested lay people, scientists from around the world also visit Kew, which has a team of researchers and facilities regarded as among the best.