Policy Consultations by the London Mayor: draft new London Plan

London Mayor’s draft new London Plan

Update 28/02/2018

We have submitted comments from the Kew Society to the draft new London Plan. You can see our response here:

New London Plan Kew Society comments final letter

Broadly, though there is much in the new draft London Plan we support, we have major concerns over:

(i) the overemphasis on growth in the South-East rather than a wider look at sustainable growth across the UK as a  whole

(ii) the weakening of protection of our green spaces and Metropolitan Open Land, including for the river Thames,

(iii) the protection of the World Heritage status of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

(iv) the need to identify funding, particularly for the necessary infrastructure to support housing growth, and

(v) an erosion of localism with insufficient flexibility left to Boroughs to achieve agreed overall aims.

Update 05/12/2017

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 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 closures of police stations across the capital, including Sovereign Gate in Richmond where the neighbourhood team for Kew Ward, and 2  other adjacent Wards, is based. If closed, the team will be based in Twickenham. See the consultation here and have your say by 6 October: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/mayors-office-policing-and-crime-mopac/mopac-consultations/share-your-views-accessing-met

 

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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