News

Here you’ll find the latest news about Kew – click on the items to get further details.

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)…

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…

Policy Consultations by the London Mayor: draft new London Plan

London Mayor’s draft new London Plan The Mayor is consulting on a new London Plan. You can see the consultation here: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/planning/london-plan/new-london-plan/download-draft-london-plan-0 We are considering comments from the Kew Society and will post them here as soon as we have completed our review. London’s Environment Strategy Consultation Update 05/12/2017 We have commented on the London’s Mayor’s…

Kew Biothane Plant redevelopment – have your say

Kew Biothane Plant redevelopment Update 19/02/2018 We have been approached by the developer of this brownfield site near the Thames towpath for our initial thoughts on their proposals to develop the site to provide later life care facilities before they make an application. We welcome this early engagement with the local community and will be…

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 07/02/2018 We have now submitted our comments on this consultation pressing for a more ambitious approach by the Mayor of London to improve our air quality. In summary, we believe all Londoners should have the same entitlement to clean air and the regulations…

Watermans Art Centre

Watermans art centre, 40-40A High Street Brentford (ref P/2017/3372) Update 09/02/2018 We are disappointed to see that Hounslow Council have approved this application. Whilst we support regeneration and the on site inclusion of affordable housing, we will continue to oppose tall buildings along the river frontage, affecting historic vistas from the Royal Botanic Gardens in…

Heathrow

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 08/02/2018 Richmond Council’s press release gives some sound advice on why you should be wary in the way you respond to these consultations (below) from Heathrow. Take a look at the press release with quotes from Richmond, Hillingdon, Wandsworth, Windsor and Maidenhead Councils, all opposing Heathrow expansion: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/council/news/press_office/older_news/february_2018/bogus_choices_on_noise_confirm_heathrow_is_wrong_place_for_expansion Update 22/01/2018 Heathrow…

Policy Consultations by Richmond Council

Have your say on Richmond Council Consultations Update 26/01/2018 There are 3 open consultations from Richmond Council on which you might like to have your say: making a bid for the Council’s Community Pavement Repair Fund your priorities for improvements in Kew through Villager Planning, and a new draft policy on housing and homelessness. You…

EVENTS

Event Information:

  • Wed
    17
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Kew Society members were 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 containing over 100,000 items. The collection began in 1847.

    The tour was lead by Mark Nesbitt, who is senior Ethobotanist and Curator at RGB Kew and he delved into Kew's history and current science research via a unique collections of rubber, lacebark, Chinese medicines and other useful plants. The term Economic Botany essentially means 'useful plants'.

     

    Jamaica lace plant. George II once had a suit made using this 'imitation' lace.

    The bark simply peals back to expose this extraordinary lace.

    Mark has been working with groups to help reintroduce this plant for commercial purposes.

    The collection houses many & varied Chinese medicines.

    These Alpine plants from New Zealand were labelled 'Vegetable Sheep' and caused a sensation in Victorian London.

    Maori cloak, though to be ceremonial. Made from an Alpine plant that mimics leather.

    Mark has been working with ethnic groups using this very valuable cloak.

    Wild rubber hot water bottle.

     

    The tour was very generously free and we are exceedingly grateful to Mark Nesbitt for making this most generous offer to our members.

    Click here for Mark's own page detailing his research