Category Archives: Environment – Archive

Towpath Clearance

The Kew Society launched a trial ‘Thames Towpath Clearance’ initiative to kick start Kew towpath clearance plans to help manage vegetation growth and build up of litter along the River Thames ‘grot spots’

Members worked under the seasoned guidance of Becky Law from The Thames Landscape Strategy for a few hours to help improve the appearance of the riverside and open up views along the riverbank.

We also noted sites for installation of benches at viewpoints along the riverside and future improvements that could be easily addressed at future volunteer get-togethers.

Look out for our next planned ‘grotbuster’ session and do come along to help and learn more about the best ways to manage the riverside – all you need are sturdy shoes, gardening gloves ad a sense of adventure – it is great fun!

By Mary Done

Members in Action!








Proposed repairs to PLA revetment wall

The PLA have identified 4 small sections totalling 80m2 of revetment along the River Thames between Hammersmith and Kew bridge that are in need of repair. Site visits have shown that the failures are attributed to discrete areas of toe failure, erosion and displacement of individual stones. The PLA intend to carry out these smallContinue Reading

Tow Path Tree Felling

Tree felling work  is currently being carried out on the revetments from Hammersmith to Richmond by the PLA. The PLA are responsible for carrying out any of the work up to the high tide mark (although when this involves flood defences Environmental Agency may be involved).  However for many years the PLA have not carriedContinue Reading

Flood Risk

Richmond Council are seeking the views of residents, groups and businesses on their draft Local Flood Risk Management Strategy (LFRMS). The responses provided from this consultation will help shape the final Strategy document, which will be implemented to manage flood risk across the borough. There is also an on line survey which you are invitedContinue Reading

George Monbiot, environmental trust talk

February 10th 2015, 7-9pm,  Duke Street Church, Richmond, TW9 1DH Author, journalist and environmentalist, George Monbiot is to give a short talk for the environmental trust about his fascinating ideas around ‘Rewilding’ before taking questions from the audience. For a taster of what George Monbiot will talk about, please take a few minutes to read thisContinue Reading

Sycamore Tree behind the Tap on the Line pub

Protection of trees Update 8/2/2015 (ref 14/TO982/TCA) Richmond Council have secured a revised application to protect the sycamore behind the tap-on-the Line. Following our representations opposing the felling of the tree, it will now have its crown reduced instead. Update 14/1/2015 (ref 14/TO982/TCA) The Kew Society rarely comments on trees but proposals to fell theContinue Reading

Sandycombe Road Traffic Calming

Update 25/05/2016 The final part of the work by Richmond Council at the junction of Sandycombe Road with High Park Road and Lichfield Road is about to start. This includes the laying of anti-skid material to the top of the raised table and heritage gravel surfacing on the footways.  For the works to be undertakenContinue Reading


Way finding in Kew Update 16/12/2016 Richmond Council have been in touch with us to discuss th [more]
9 Station Approach (formerly Ma Cuisine) ref 16/3159/FUL and 16/3160/ADV and 16/4483/FUL Update [more]