This massive Victorian glasshouse is big enough to house three Boeing 747s. In fact it it the largest such Victorian structure in the world. It is home to Kew’s important important collection of temperate zone plants, many of which are threatened species.
The building has been closed for some time, undergoing complex restoration work, but reopens to the public on 5 May 2018.
To give some idea of the work involved here is a numeric summary: 400 workers; 1,731 days; 15,000 panes of glass; 180km of scaffolding; 5,280 litres of paint; 116 urns restored; 69,000 pieces removed and restored.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 6 March 2018
Posted as part of Becky’s March Square