28 Dec '15, 1pm

Botanist who left austerity-hit Kew for Singapore: 'It's a dream world here'

Botanist who left austerity-hit Kew for Singapore: 'It's a dream world here'

I was very unhappy with the way things were being managed at Kew. Things have got worse since I left – the rot has set in.” Dr Nigel Taylor “I don’t regret [the move to Singapore] at all, quite the opposite. If anyone has persuaded me to stay and then I had seen this place and the wonder of it, I would have been very disappointed,” said Dr Taylor, 59. “The garden here is extremely well maintained and resourced – I don’t have the battles to find cash to pay for things I had at Kew. It’s a dream world. The Singapore economy is very strong.” The gardens welcome more than four million visitors each year. “We open at 5am – it’s still dark for two hours and the gardens are occupied by locals of all ages for exercise. Sometimes there’s big groups doing Tai Chi but by 9am it’s too warm for the locals and they’re replaced by tourists fresh from their hotel breakfasts and domestic w...

Full article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/12066748/Botan...

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