An inquest into the death of a woman from a falling tree branch at Kew Gardens has been told it was a "fluke" that more people did not die in the same manner.
Erena Wilson, a 31 year old account executive, died while walking in the gardens with friends last year.
She was hit by a cedar branch that fell from a tree during bad weather.
John McLinden QC, counsel for Miss Wilson's family, told the inquest at West London Coroner's Court: "It was just a fluke that there was not more than one fatality or that other people did not suffer very serious injury."
He said that in the past Kew has taken steps to protect the public from falling branches, such as putting up warnings and cordoning off areas, but "these steps seem to have fallen away, for reasons that the family do not know".
The Temperate House at Kew Gardens was due to shut because of its deteriorating state. However, multi-million pound grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and private donations means a five-year restoration scheme can now go ahead.
The 150 year-old Grade 1 listed building is home to the South African Cycad and the Chilean Wine Palm, the world's tallest glasshouse plant.
Martin Stew spoke to the Head of Glasshouses at Kew Gardens, Greg Redwood.
Abrand new exhibition of Orchids opens in Kew Gardens today for those wanting toescape the wintry weather for a taste of the tropics.
The Princess of Wales Conservatory in the south-west London gardens has been transformed into a sea of glorious flowers in order to celebrate of the colour, drama and beauty associated with this extraordinary and diverse group of plants.
Vibrant orchids will dominate the lush, wet tropical zone of the conservatory. Stunning displays of swirling colour will adorn the glasshouse pillars and arches. Hanging baskets will explode with a range of colours, creating waves of magnificent hues.
It may be rather cold outside at the moment but the temperature will be a balmy 22 degrees Centigrade in a conservatory at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens this weekend for the annual orchid festival. We spoke to Phil Griffiths, head of display collections at the gardens, as they were getting ready.