Environment – Current Issues

Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Electric Vehicle Charging Points Update 19/02/2018 Richmond Council are consulting on the location of more electric vehicle charging points in Kew and elsewhere in the Borough. You can see the proposals and have your say, by 11 March, here: https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/richmondecs/electric-vehicle-18/consult_view/ Update 18/01/2018 The rapid electric vehicle charging point at 241-245 Lower Richmond Road (ref 17/3687/FUL)…

Cycle Superhighway 9

Cycle Superhighway 9 Update 13/12/2017 Transport for London’s proposals for Cycle Superhighway 9 from Kensington Olympia to Brentford town centre has been the subject of much comment in the Evening Standard and elsewhere, most objecting on grounds that Chiswick High Road is not approprrate as the road is a relatively narrow traditional high street. There…

Bulb planting on Kew Road

Bulb planting on Kew Road: making a Bigger Splash Update 11/12/2018 To complement our efforts at Kew Gardens station to brighten the entry to the Royal Botanic Gardens with new planting, we have now funded and planted 4,600 bulbs in the Kew Road grass verges, opposite the Victoria Gate entrance to the Gardens. We are…

Air Quality Action – volunteers needed

 Air Quality action Update 13/02/2018 Volunteers are urgently needed to join a series of local ‘Idling Action’ days, educating parents, carers and motorists of the dangers to air quality when leaving their car engines idling on the school run, outside shops, at level crossings or anywhere when parked for a minute or more. Volunteers work…

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

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…

Policy Consultations by Transport for London: Ultra Low Emission Zone and Low Emission Zone changes

Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) and Low Emission Zone (LEZ) Changes Update 09/04/2018 The London Mayor has published his new Transport Strategy for London which you can see here: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/mayors-transport-strategy-2018.pdf He has not extended the ULEZ boundary as we and others suggested he should – the boundary along the North and South circular roads is 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 – meetng 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….

EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Thu
    03
    Dec
    2015
    10:30 amRichmond

    The Kew Society members & guests were treated to a fascinating tour of the Poppy Factory.

    For over 90 years, The Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey, has provided employment for ex-Service men and women making remembrance poppies, crosses and wreaths for The Royal Family and The Royal British Legions's Poppy Appeal. We were delighted to have this chance to tour the factory and view the important work that goes on.

    We enjoyed a wonderful presentation and introductory film about the Poppy Factory and its history with Brian our tour guide, followed by a visit to the shop floor to see how poppies and wreaths are made.

    The members donated £150 in total from their ticket price to the Royal British Legion Poppy Factory.

    Mary Done also produced a very interesting document which details more about the land and the surrounding area. Click here to read more.