Environment – Current Issues

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…

Policy Consultations by the London Mayor: air quality

London’s Environment Strategy Consultation Update 05/12/2017 We have commented on the London’s Mayor’s Environment Strategy consultation which includes proposals on improving air quality. You can see our response here: Kew Society response to London Mayor’s consultation on environment final Consultation on closure of Sovereign Gate Police Station, Richmond Update 19/09/2017 The Mayor’s Office is consulting on…

Way finding in Kew

Way finding in Kew Pedestrian accessibility improvements Update 27/10/2017 Richmond Council have started a public consultation on plans to improve the way finding from Kew Gardens station to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Separate but related plans are being developed to improve signage which we hope to see soon (see the background to this below)….

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 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…

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 27/10/2017 The Richmond Heathrow Campaign (RHC) has responded to two more consultations. One, the first of 4 aviation strategy consultations by the Department for Transport, entitled ‘Beyond the Horizon – The Future of UK Aviation – A Call for Evidence on a New Strategy’. It covered the following topics: helping the…

Sandycombe Road Traffic Calming

Update 29/10/2017 We have been looking into the road works currently underway on Sandycombe Road  and understand this may be the next stage in implementation of the traffic calming measures on which Richmond Council consulted in 2015 and for which funding seems now to have been identified. You can see the outcome of the consultation…

Policy Consultations by Richmond Council: air quality

Richmond Council’s Air Quality Action Plan Update 27/10/2017 We have commented on Richmond Council’s Action Plan to improve air quality in the Borough. You can see the comments we made here Air Quality Action Plan Richmond consultation response .doc final Air quality is a major concern in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thanes (LBRuT) as…

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

December 2017 Update from Professor Roger Mason The Kew Society is very actively engaged in press [more]
London's Environment Strategy Consultation Update 05/12/2017 We have commented on the London's [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