Kew Road Coach Parking

Coach Parking on Kew Road

Update 30/08/2017

At the suggestion of the Kew Residents Association we have worked together to prepare a new detailed report with some positive suggestions on how coach parking along Kew Road could be changed to improve safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. We have sent the report to Richmond Council and to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and are now arranging a meeting with them to see if we can agree a way forward for improvements.

Update 01/09/2014

Richmond Council have included in the Village Plan for Kew a commitment to review coach parking on Kew Road to improve traffic flow.

Update 25/04/2014

We have discussed this issue again with The Royal Botanic Gardens. Though there is no immediate solution to more appropriate parking, we hope that in the medium term improved arrangements might be agreed, possibly linked to parking for the Old Deer Park.

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Event Information:

  • Wed
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Kew Society members were offered a rare opportunity to visit the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. This is the oldest and perhaps the most fascinating of Kew's science collections containing over 100,000 items. The collection began in 1847.

    The tour was lead by Mark Nesbitt, who is senior Ethobotanist and Curator at RGB Kew and he delved into Kew's history and current science research via a unique collections of rubber, lacebark, Chinese medicines and other useful plants. The term Economic Botany essentially means 'useful plants'.


    Jamaica lace plant. George II once had a suit made using this 'imitation' lace.

    The bark simply peals back to expose this extraordinary lace.

    Mark has been working with groups to help reintroduce this plant for commercial purposes.

    The collection houses many & varied Chinese medicines.

    These Alpine plants from New Zealand were labelled 'Vegetable Sheep' and caused a sensation in Victorian London.

    Maori cloak, though to be ceremonial. Made from an Alpine plant that mimics leather.

    Mark has been working with ethnic groups using this very valuable cloak.

    Wild rubber hot water bottle.


    The tour was very generously free and we are exceedingly grateful to Mark Nesbitt for making this most generous offer to our members.

    Click here for Mark's own page detailing his research