Kew could offer help to re-energise Australia's biodiversity, says minister

Ministers hope experts from Kew will help to re-energise parts of Australia devastated by wildfires.

The Foreign Office's Heather Wheeler expressed her hope of the UK offering such assistance when asked by Conservative Peter Gibson to outline the help available to recover the "precious habitats".

Fires across southern Australia have claimed at least 33 lives since September, destroyed more than 3,000 homes and razed more than 26.2 million acres.

Wildfires burn out of control near Canberra Credit: AP