Kew releases anniversary coin

Garden and greenhouse lovers are to be given the chance to get their hands on a new commemorative 50p coin, minted to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Collector versions of the piece are now available to purchase in gold, silver and cupro-nickel from the sites gift shop and the Royal Mint, while a circulating version will also work its way into the nations wallets later in the year.

Featured on the coin is the gardens Chinese pagoda, which was completed in 1762 as a surprise for Princess Augusta – mother of George III.

The coins design is by Christopher le Brun, who explained he chose the pagoda as it is a recognisable icon.

"I had the idea early on that plants should twine around and grow up through the tower, which I felt helped create a circling movement full of vitality," he said.

Mr le Brun added the image signifies the mutual dependence of nature and man – a theme close to the heart of Kew Gardens.

In other news, the Royal Horticultural Society is set to host its renowned Chelsea Flower Show next week.