Environment – Current Issues

Bulb planting on Kew Road

Bulb planting on Kew Road: Making a Bigger Splash Update 25/05/2018 The flowering period for our bulbs has finished for this year but here are some photos showing how all our hard work paid off this Spring:             If you scroll down you can see how it looked before we…

Way finding in Kew

Way finding in Kew Pedestrian accessibility improvements; Kew Gardens station forecourt Update 21/12/2017 We have followed up our comments to Richmond Council on the changes proposed to the Kew Gardens Station forecourt with two meetings and a further letter highlighting our concerns. The Council are reviewing all comments made and will be making a decision…

Kew Gardens Station Platforms planting – training opportunity

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,…

Graffiti

Graffiti along the rail track between Kew and Richmond Update 04/02/2018 It has not taken long for the graffiti to reappear on the side of the houses in North Avenue. We are raising this again with our MP, including the need for Nework Rail to improve security which is clearly a problem here. Update 05/12/2017…

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 – meeting with the Aviation Minister

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 18/04/2018 The Richmond Heathrow Campaign (RHC) were invited to meet Baroness Sugg, the Aviation Minister, with other groups to discuss our opposition to a third runway at Heathrow. We have followed up the meeting with a letter confirming the points we made and adding more background in support of our points….

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…

EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Sun
    12
    Aug
    2018
    2pm or 3pmSandycoombe Rd. St Margaret's

    Turners House has been carefully restored and is now open to the public once more.

    Sandycombe Lodge was built by 1813 to the designs of England’s great landscape painter, J.M.W. Turner; working here as his own architect to create a quiet retreat for himself, away from the pressures of the London art world. It also provided a home for his father, old William, in retirement from his trade as a barber and wigmaker in Covent Garden. With old William’s declining health and changes in his own life, Turner sold the house in 1826.  After an interesting history which includes 'airmens goggles' it was bought by Professor Harold Livermore and his wife Ann in 1947. They were careful custodians of the house and its precious heritage, and well-informed collectors of art relating to Turner and his time. In the 1950s they secured Grade 2* listing for the building. Professor Livermore set up The Sandycombe Lodge Trust, now Turner’s House Trust, in 2005 and on his death at the age of 95 in 2010, the Trust became the owner of Sandycombe.

    Please join us for a guided tour either at 2pm or 3pm.

    Please note that within the house, only the ground floor drawing room is fully accessible for visitors with mobility issues. The garden, and toilet is fully wheelchair accessible.

    Ticket price £6 per person.

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