Environment – Current Issues

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

December 2017 Update from Professor Roger Mason The Kew Society is very actively engaged in pressing for action to improve our air quality. We have commented on Richmond Council’s draft action plan to improve air quality in the Borough and on the London Mayor’s proposals for London as a whole. You can see our responses…

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

Planting Kew Gardens Station Platforms Update 21/01/2018 We now have plaques at Kew Gardens Station showing that, together with Energy Garden, the Kew Society is maintaining the plants at the station. We are very grateful to Powerhouse Design and Engineering Ltd for providing the plaques for us at cost price. Interested in joining our team…

Graffiti

Graffiti along the rail track between Kew and Richmond Update 05/12/2017 Network Rail have finally painted over the graffiti on the rail track side of the houses on North Avenue, visible from North Road. We understand that work is also being undertaken to remove the graffiti along the rail track in Richmond. We are continuing…

Policy Consultations by Transport for London: Ultra Low Emission Zones

Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) Update 11/01/2018 Many residents in Kew will have received a consultation letter from Transport for London about the London’s Mayor’s plan to extend the ULEZ from central London to the whole of London from October 2020 for heavy vehicles (buses, coaches, lorries and other specialist vehicles) only, and for cars,…

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 11/01/2018 Consultation on the Government’s draft Airport’s National Policy Statement (NPS) for the expansion of air capacity in the South East of England has now closed. The consultation document took account of revised aviation demand forecasts and the Government’s final air quality plan. The Richmond Heathrow Campaign (RHC) submitted its response…

Old Deer Park

Consultation on the Old Deer Park Update 04/01/2018 Richmond Council has launched a consultation on the future planning framework for the Old Deer Park in Richmond. The Kew Society has participated in the Old Deer Park Working Group for more than five years, and will be submitting its response in January. We encourage you to respond as…

NEWS

Bulb planting on Kew Road
Bulb planting on Kew Road: making a Bigger Splash Update 11/12/2018 To complement our efforts [more]
Way finding in Kew Pedestrian accessibility improvements; Kew Gardens station forecourt Updat [more]

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.