Posted by Richard Haut on October 08, 2002 at 14:31:54:
In Reply to: Re: ArchWeek - Restoring Kew Gardens posted by The Rev. Anne Adams-Harris on October 08, 2002 at 14:10:52:
I am somewhat surprised to see that Kew is being considered for World Heritage status. This is not in any way to denigrate its importance - as the Rev.Anne says, it is indeed a national treasure. However, the importance of Kew goes beyond its history. It is a working place of immense significance in the world of botany.
World Heritage status implies a need to conserve, whereas Kew - as the article shows - evolves, combining restoration with newer requirements.
The Gardens deserve the respect, but a 'World Heritage site' may be the wrong title.
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