Environment – Current Issues

Richmond in Bloom

Richmond in Bloom: Best Village in Bloom Update 22/06/2018 We have today submitted our entry for Best Village in Bloom in the Richmond in Bloom competition. Last year we won the Schooling Cup for Best Village (on display in the lobby of The National Archives) and a Silver Gilt award (certificate on display at Kew…

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…

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…

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 expansion – the facts you should know

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 15/06/2018 Richmond Council published a press release on the lack of evidence of need for a third runway. You can see what they have said here. The release is based on the substantial body of evidence prepared by the Richmond Heathrow Campaign  which you can see below. Update 13/06/2018 The Richmond Heathrow…

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

Richmond in Bloom: Best Village in Bloom Update 22/06/2018 We have today submitted our entry f [more]
The wildlife conservation and protection film, Richmond Park – National Nature Reserve, presented [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