Environment – Current Issues

Great Pagoda restoration, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Restoration of the Great Pagoda Update 30/07/2018 Polly Putnam, one of the Historic Royal Palaces curators who has worked for the last 2 years on the restoration of the Great Pagoda, has kindly provided us with the text of the speech she made at the re-opening of the Great Pagoda, described in the update below….

Richmond in Bloom

Richmond in Bloom: Best Village in Bloom Update 08/07/2018 The judges – Hugo Ross Tatum and Ed Locke  – viewed our entry last week, starting with the bench/planter outside the Kew Greenhouse cafe.  We are grateful to the Shoe Station for their flower laden tricycle and to Canopy for their floral window display to help…

Cycle Superhighway 9

Cycle Superhighway 9 Update 23/09/2018 Transport for London (TfL) has acknowledged that there were significant flaws in the consultation held for Cycle Superhighway 9 (CS9). They have now pledged to consult more widely in advance of submitting a revised plan which they will do once they have fully assessed responses to the initial design. Hounslow…

Air Quality

Update 13/08/2018 Clean Air Strategy 2108 consultation We have today submitted comments on the consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on a new Clean Air Strategy. You can see the consultation document here: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/environmental-quality/clean-air-strategy-consultation/user_uploads/clean-air-strategy-2018-consultation.pdf   And our response, urging the Government to take stronger and more rapid action, including a new…

Way finding in Kew

Way finding in Kew Pedestrian accessibility improvements; Kew Gardens station forecourt Update 14/07/2018 The new administration at Richmond Council have put these proposals on hold while they reconsider options and the views of residents. Update 21/12/2017 We have followed up our comments to Richmond Council on the changes proposed to the Kew Gardens Station forecourt…

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 17/08/2018 Community public meeting on transport Zac Goldsmith MP has organised a community public meeting for all to put their questions on transport to South West Rail, Network Rail and Transport for London on Wednesday 12th September at 19.00 at the Duke Street Church, Duke…

National Park City

Kew Society support for the Greater London National Park City Update 17/11/2015 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…

Heathrow 3rd runway – the fight goes on

Heathrow expansion proposals Update 22/07/2018 Richmond Council announced that, on 19th July, acting together with 4 other Local Councils –  Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Wandsworth, and Windsor and Maidenhead –  they notified the Secretary of State for Transport that they will seek Judicial Review of the Government’s decision to support the Airports National Policy Statement…

Policy Consultations by Richmond Council – 20mph speed limit

20 mph Speed Limit across the Borough Update 24/09/2018 Richmond Council have started a consultation on introducing a 20mph speed limit across the Borough. We encourage you to have you say. You can see how to do so here: https://www.richmond.gov.uk/services/roads_and_transport/roads_and_road_works/speed_limits/20mph Richmond Council’s Local Plan Update 08/07/2018 Richmond Council adopted its new Local Plan on 3 July….

Kew Road Coach Parking

Coach Parking on Kew Road Update 14/07/2018 Richmond Council are conducting surveys of traffic on the Kew Road to help identify possible solutions to the issues we have raised. We expect their report soon and will continue discussion with them and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Update 30/08/2017 At the suggestion of the Kew Residents Association…

EVENTS

  • Wed
    06
    Jan
    2016

    Dear Members

    We have decide to 'ring the changes' this year and hold a 'Leap into Spring' party on M

  • Mon
    08
    Feb
    2016
    7:30 pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green

    'Zoffany in Kew'

    The Kew Society is delighted to be joining with the Friends of St Anne's and The Ri

  • Tue
    01
    Mar
    2016
    7pm - 9.30pmSt Anne's Church, Kew Green

    David Weeks

    Kew Society members & guests celebrated the 1st day of Spring with a wonderful party and a bit of a

  • Mon
    14
    Mar
    2016
    7pm-8.30pmSt Annes Church Hall

    David Allister, Richmond Council Head of Parks and Open spaces gave an excellent talk to the Kew Soc

  • Wed
    04
    May
    2016
    7:00 pmSt Anne's Church Hall, Kew Green.

    Don't miss this fascinating talk on Capability Brown, or to address him correctly,  Lancelot Brown, 

  • Thu
    19
    May
    2016
    11:00 amSyon Park, Brentford.

    Private Tour of Syon House and Garden

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    Following on with the theme from the talk on May 4th, The Kew

  • Sun
    22
    May
    2016
    11 am - 2 pmMeet outside the Cricketers Pub, Kew Green

    'Thames Towpath Clearance'

    Volunteers are needed for our first 'Thames Towpath Clearance'. We are ai

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2016
    11am - 6pmKew Green

    The Kew Society has been running another photographic competition with the junior schools of Kew,

    Th

  • Wed
    20
    Jul
    2016
    6.30pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

    The talk by Emma Hall and Roger St Paul, West London Waste Authority,
    on Waste and Recycling was the

  • Sun
    07
    Aug
    2016
    10am - 2pmKew Village

    Kew Village Market Aug 2016

    We had a great morning at the Kew Village Market with many members coming to chat and we signed up

  • Wed
    10
    Aug
    2016
    9am - 6pmCamberley

    Sandhurst tour

    Sandhurst horse

    Wednesday 10th August found a happy band of members up with the lark to board their coach and trav

  • Fri
    19
    Aug
    2016
    Sat
    20
    Aug
    2016
    10:45 amThe National Archives

    These tours are now full. We hope that we will be able to book more dates in the future.

    We are deli

  • Sat
    27
    Aug
    2016
    12 noonKew Green

    The Kew Society will be having fun at the Kew Horticultural Show, now in its 72nd year!

    Come and see

  • Mon
    19
    Sep
    2016
    7:00 pmSt Annes Church

    Explore inside St Anne’s

    The Kew Society is pleased to offer an opportunity to tour the interior of

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2016

    The Kew Society is delighted to offer the opportunity of a non-stop return river cruise  aboard the

  • Mon
    10
    Oct
    2016
    6:45 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

    We will welc

  • Wed
    19
    Oct
    2016
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    Restoration of The Great Pagoda

    Talk by the Royal Historic Palaces about the project to conserve the

  • Tue
    25
    Oct
    2016
    6:45 pmThe National Archives

    To all members, please join us at The National Archives for our Annual General Meeting.

    We will welc

  • Thu
    17
    Nov
    2016
    7:15 pmJodrell Theatre, Kew Garden

    Melvyn Bragg

    We are delighted that Melvyn Bragg has offered to give a talk to our members about how he first bec

  • Tue
    29
    Nov
    2016
    7:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond

    The Richmond Society and The Kew Society are jointly hosting a By-Election Hustings.

    Free Admission