Future: Integrated International Policies

  • R. L. Shaw
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 1)


The more I think about this subject the more incompetent I feel. For a number of reasons a Curator’s post these days leaves less and less time for horticulture in association with botany and becomes embroiled in general management matters, many of them wrongly placed and others quite trivial that, in earlier days, required or received little or no attention. Now with a more liberal, even a permissive industrial atmosphere what was quite constant and firm has become as insecure as shifting sand. It takes so long these days to negotiate settlements of many kinds and some settlements are short-lived. Consequently I have insufficient opportunity to be with plants or to influence and encourage colleagues. I find little time to keep abreast of horticultural literature but, very recently, I re-read an article by Professor Heslop-Harrison in the 1971 Journal of the Kew Guild. The title of the article is “The Prospect Ahead” and in it is a precise account of what Kew is doing and what it hopes to do in the future. It is an exciting and encouraging statement and, I believe, a model upon which other botanic gardens might base their activities — if not entirely, then in part. Conservation is not overlooked and nothing would be more appropriate for my contribution to this Conference if I were to read this article to you. Instead I ask you to read it at your leisure.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. L. Shaw
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Botanic GardenEdinburghScotland

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