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…

Richmond Council consultation on St Luke’s play area

St Luke’s Play area Update 23/05/2016 Richmond Council are consulting on improvements to the play area at St Luke’s, just off Sandycombe Road. Take a look and have your say by 6th June: https://consultation.richmond.gov.uk/environment/st-lukes/consult_view  

Parks Customer Satisfaction Survey 2015

Richmond Council has launched the Biannual Customer Satisfaction Survey for 2015 to run from the 19th Oct – 8th Nov 2015. The aim of the survey is to assess overall satisfaction within our parks and highlight any areas for improvement. It will help the Council understand what residents would like to see, and inform spending on…

More proposed repairs to PLA revetment wall

The need for further work has been identified by the PLA in respect of works being carried out along the towpath. Given that many of our members use all the Towpath, not just the Kew part, the schedule and all the OS maps are attached. The works are intended to start in Jan/Feb 2016. If people have…

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 small…

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 carried…

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 invited…

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 this…

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 the…

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 undertaken…


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]


Event Information:

  • Fri
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    We are delighted that the National Archives have offered our members another two 'Behind the Scenes' tours that have proved very popular. The cost now is £11 for a members' only ticket. (The earlier tours were a trial price)

    This is a ticketed event. The National Archives has confirmed that tours are fully accessible, but do require walking fitness, as it is quite a large building even on the flat! Tours last approximately 90 minutes.

    The tour will visit the repositories and reading rooms and view some original and historic public records. If any tour attendees have a particular area of interest amongst the records held at the archives please let us know at the time of booking. The National Archives has offered to check if there are any original records that can be produced for viewing during the tour.

    To book online for June 16th please click the link here (with fees)

    To download the form to pay by cheque  (without fees) please click here.

    If you have any questions please email Sue May at events@kewsociety.org