News

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

Richmond Park conservation film is a winner at the Charity Film Awards 2018

The wildlife conservation and protection film, Richmond Park – National Nature Reserve, presented by Sir David Attenborough, has won the best ‘Longform’ film in the 2018 national Charity Film Awards. The Friends of Richmond Park would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who voted for the film to enable it to reach the…

Kew Biothane Plant redevelopment

Kew Biothane Plant redevelopment Update 16/05/2018 The developer, Red and Yellow, are circulating their second Newsletter to those who responded to their first consultation with their summary of the results. Here it is: Kew Biothane Plant redevelopment consultation update Red and Yellow will be organising a public exhibition on their proposals shortly and we will keep…

Kew Gardens Station Platforms planting – training opportunity

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,…

Heathrow – meeting 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….

Policy consultations by Central Government: National Planning Policy Framework

Revised National Planning Policy Framework Update 09/05/2018 We have submitted our comments on the Government’s proposed amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework. This is an important document framing planning policies. Amongst a number of issues we have raised, we are seeking to ensure there is improved protection for the setting of the Royal Botanic…

Land at Chiswick Roundabout Public Inquiry

Land at Chiswick Roundabout Public Inquiry Chiswick Curve (Hounslow Council ref P/2015/5555 and 5560 and appeal refs APP/F5540/W/17/3180962 and APP/F5540/Z/17/3173208) Update 24/04/2018 The Kew Society is due to give evidence at this appeal Inquiry on 21st June. The Inquiry opens on 12th June at Brentford Free Church, Boston Manor Road, Brentford TW8 8DW and is…

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