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David Cope, Director of Strategy and External Affairs, Kew Gardens

What an archive: 7 million plant specimens

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Imagine losing 7 million plant specimens in a fire. Kew’s plant store (herbarium) faces this risk. The ‘server room' as it’s known, holds 250 years worth of international plant data. To lose generations of passion, love, care and meticulous attention …