Environment – Current Issues

Great Pagoda restoration, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Restoration of the Great Pagoda Update 13/07/2018 In recognition of our sponsorship of one of the newly restored dragons, we were invited by Historic Royal Palaces  to the opening of the Great Pagoda yesterday in the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The Pagoda is now open to access so you can…

Richmond in Bloom

Richmond in Bloom: Best Village in Bloom Update 08/07/2018 The judges – Hugo Ross Tatum and Ed Locke  – viewed our entry last week, starting with the bench/planter outside the Kew Greenhouse cafe.  We are grateful to the Shoe Station for their flower laden tricycle and to Canopy for their floral window display to help…

Way finding in Kew

Way finding in Kew Pedestrian accessibility improvements; Kew Gardens station forecourt Update 14/07/2018 The new administration at Richmond Council have put these proposals on hold while they reconsider options and the views of residents. Update 21/12/2017 We have followed up our comments to Richmond Council on the changes proposed to the Kew Gardens Station forecourt…

Kew Gardens Station Platforms planting

Gardening training opportunity Update 15/04/2018 Energy Garden who worked with us to create the planting at Kew Gardens Station have just launched their 2018 youth training programme, aimed at 16-19 year olds living near Energy Garden sites. You can see the details here: Energy Garden youth training 2018 This is a paid AQA-accredited programme in horticulture, renewable energy,…

Trees in Kew could do with your help

Tree Management in Kew Update 05/07/2018 Richmond Council planted over 600 trees over the last two years and though regularly watered, the exceptional long spell of hot dry weather is a challenge. If there is a new tree near you, please do help to  quench its thirst. You can see the Council’s appeal for support…

Graffiti

Graffiti along the rail track between Kew and Richmond Update 14/07/2018 We are continuing to try to get the graffiti on the North Avenue Houses and the railway bridge over Mortlake Road removed in discussion with Richmond Council, Network Rail and our local MP. More graffiti has now appeared on the North Road houses. Update…

National Park City

Kew Society support for the Greater London National Park City Update 17/11/2015 We have added our support to this initiative which aims to identify Greater London as a National Park. Though London would not have the same legal status as other National Parks, it would emphasis the value that we put on our natural heritage…

Heathrow 3rd runway – the fight goes on

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 26/06/2018 It is disappointing that Parliament voted last night in favour of the Government’s National Policy Statement on Heathrow expansion. All the evidence shows a third runway at Heathrow to be a costly mistake, bringing no benefit for UK business connectivity, perpetuating an outdated model of “hub” airports rather than anticipating…

Kew Road Coach Parking

Coach Parking on Kew Road Update 14/07/2018 Richmond Council are conducting surveys of traffic on the Kew Road to help identify possible solutions to the issues we have raised. We expect their report soon and will continue discussion with them and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Update 30/08/2017 At the suggestion of the Kew Residents Association…

NEWS

Great Pagoda restoration, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Restoration of the Great Pagoda Update 13/07/2018 In recognition of our sponsorship o [more]
Richmond in Bloom
Richmond in Bloom: Best Village in Bloom Update 08/07/2018 The judges - Hugo Ross Tatum and Ed [more]

EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Wed
    10
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    We are delighted that Kew Society members have been 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.

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

    Members should be aware that the temperature is cool (17C / 63F) and the tour involves walking (including poorly lit paths) but no steps.

    The tour is very generously free, and there are 15 places available offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please email events@kewsociety.org to secure your place on the tour and to find our where to meet.

    We are exceedingly grateful to Mark Nesbitt for making this most generous offer to our members.

    Click here for Mark's own page for further information about his research