Environment – Current Issues

St Luke’s House, 270 Sandycombe Road Open Space

St Luke’s House open space makeover Update 12/12/2017 The little garden adjacent to St Luke’s House (Kew Studio) on Sandycombe Road is having a makeover. Richmond Council are asking for comments on the proposals. You can see the details here and have you say by 1 November: https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/parks-open-spaces/st-lukes-17/  

London Mayor’s consultation on police stations

Consultation on closure of Sovereign Gate Police Station, Richmond Update 19/09/2017 The Mayor’s Office is consulting on closures of police stations across the capital, including Sovereign Gate in Richmond where the neighbourhood team for Kew Ward, and 2  other adjacent Wards, is based. If closed, the team will be based in Twickenham. See the consultation…

Way finding in Kew

Way finding in Kew Update 16/12/2016 Richmond Council have been in touch with us to discuss their proposals for improving the signage around Kew Gardens station to the Royal Botanic Gardens, the National Archives, and Mortlake Crematorium which we have suggested, in our experience, are the key destinations visitors look for alongside Kew Green, Kew…

Kew Gardens Station Platforms planting

Planting Kew Gardens Station Platforms Update 27/09/2017 The awards ceremony for the Richmond in Bloom competition was held last night and we are delighted that we won the Villages in Bloom award and received a Silver Gilt certificate. All the hard work has been worth it! We are giving some thought to how we might…

Graffiti

Graffiti along the rail track between Kew and Richmond Update 08/09/2017 Zac Goldsmith MP has confirmed that he is raising the issue of graffiti for us with Network Rail and is asking for urgent action. Update 02/09/2017 Having said, on the 19th July, that they would look into the new graffiti, Network Rail have not…

National Park City

Kew Society support for the Greater London National Park City 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 – our…

Heathrow

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 07/09/2017 The Government have today announced that there will be a further consultation on the draft Airports National Policy Statement (NPS) to take account of the revised evidence base for the policy decision  – the revised aviation demand forecasts and the Government’s final air quality plan. The timetable for this new…

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…

NEWS

St Luke's House open space makeover Update 12/12/2017 The little garden adjacent to St Luke's [more]
Kew Pond
The story of Kew Pond Update 20/09/2017 Some of you will already know the story of Kew Pon [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