Planting Kew Gardens Station Platform
After all the hard work, the fruits of the labours are beginning to spring forth. Here are some photos taken in the recent spring sunshine of the hellebores – the first flowers to bloom in the Energy Garden at Kew Gardens Station.
After 18 months of planning, our Kew Gardens station planting project is complete! Thanks to funding and manpower from Energy Garden and a Richmond Council Civic Pride Fund grant, we have planted over 1500 plants, laid over 11 tons of gravel as well as new soil, compost and bark all to designs provided by the Royal Botanic Gardens pro bono.
We could not have gone from plan to reality without the support of Energy Garden.
Under instruction from the Energy Garden Green Team, Kew Society gardening volunteers joined the planting effort.
We have also paid for the replanting of the two planters on either side of the exit onto Kew Plaza. We hope this will discourage their use as an ash tray.
The next stage will be planning the on-going maintenance schedule. Let us know if you would like to join our gardening volunteers.
Work is well underway with this project with the ground cleared by the Energy Garden Green Team, new soil and mulch laid and some new planting started.
The major replanting work will be on the 8th and 9th of December with 2 beds planted by the Energy Garden team and 2 by our volunteers who have been contacted to come and help, working under the supervision of Energy Garden. There are a lot of plants to come so it will take this time to complete the work.
Watch this space for the transformation to come!
Energy Gardens Green Team made a site visit yesterday and have started work today preparing the ground for planting which is expected to start in the next 2-3 weeks. Volunteers will be contacted soon on how to get actively involved to support this work which we hope will transform the platforms as a gateway to Kew.
Transport for London (TfL) and London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL) have agreed the plans for the replanting work and the health and safety issues when the work is done.have been discussed. Energy Garden’s “Green Team” will be making a site visit in the next week and the initial work is expected to start in November. Our little army of keen volunteers will be contacted soon on when they can get involved with the planting and ongoing maintenance.
We have been successful in our bid to Richmond Council for Civic Pride funding of this planting scheme. Together with funding from Energy Garden and the Kew Society and the design work undertaken by the Royal Botanic Gardens free of charge, the scheme is fully funded. We have many volunteer gardeners signed up to help with the planting and on-going maintenance, including Kew Society members and station staff.Energy Garden are awaiting sign-off for the scheme by TfL and London Overground Rail Operations Ltd (LOROL). We anticipate that the work will start in the Autumn, subject to those approvals.
We have teamed up with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Station staff and Energy Garden on an exciting project to re-plant the 4 areas on the station platforms at Kew Gardens in much need of a refresh. The Botanic Gardens have provided us with a planting sketchbook which you can see here: Kew Gardens Station Planting Sketchbook 151204
We are very fortunate to have found Energy Garden who will co-ordinate the project, organising the planting and providing a volunteers coordinator to organise on-going maintenance. You can find out more about Energy Garden here: http://energygarden.org.uk/
The project will be funded largely by Energy Garden with a contribution from the Kew Society. We are also making a bid for funding from Richmond Council.
Come and hear more about it on Friday 17th June anytime between 16.00 and 18.00 in front of the station.Consultation Poster 1 (1)