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

  • Tue
    26
    Mar
    2013

    David Nash took Kew Society members on a fascinating tour of his exhibits in Kew Gardens

  • Sun
    14
    Apr
    2013

    Led by Colin Lomas, a local art historian. "A chance to enjoy an artistic stroll through Chiswick en

  • Sat
    18
    May
    2013

    Local Architectural Historian (and Kew Society member) John Moses kindly agreed to lead members on a

  • Tue
    04
    Jun
    2013

    Richard Deverell, the new Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew agreed to talk to us about his

  • Wed
    21
    Aug
    2013
    6:00 pmKew Gardens

    Kew Society members were treated to an exclusive after hours tour of Kew Palace and the recently ren

  • Mon
    06
    Jan
    2014
    6:30 pmSt Anne's Church Kew Green

    Many thanks to all who organised yet another fabulous 12th Night Party.

    We had almost 70 people enjo

  • Fri
    21
    Feb
    2014
    10:45 amKew Gardens

    Sara Redstone, Plant Health & Quarantine Officer at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew kindly offered

  • Sat
    29
    Mar
    2014
    11:00 amMarble Hill House, Twickenham

    John Moses, Chairman of the Marble Hill Society, kindly offered to lead a private tour for our membe

  • Wed
    30
    Apr
    2014
    1:15 pmRichmond Park

    Our spring season of events began with a wonderful tour of the Royal Ballet School in April, which h

  • Thu
    15
    May
    2014
    7:30 pmThe Barn Church, Atwood Avenue.

    A very popular Hustings was once again hosted by The Kew Society and expertly chaired by Malcolm Wel

  • Sat
    14
    Jun
    2014
    7:00 pmKew gardens

    Fun at Sunset for all the family!

    We were extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to host a picn

  • Mon
    22
    Sep
    2014
    5:00 pmKew Gardens

    Exclusive Members only walk with Tony Kirkham, Head of the Aboretum.

    We were thrilled when Tony agre

  • Wed
    15
    Oct
    2014
    6:45 pmBarn Church, Attwood Avenue

    The Kew Society AGM was held on Wednesday 15th October 2014 at the Barn Church, Attwood Avenue.

    The

  • Mon
    10
    Nov
    2014
    8:00 pmGood Wine Shop in Kew

    Pippa Hayward from the Good Wine Shop in Kew devised an introductory wine course especially Kew Soci

  • Tue
    06
    Jan
    2015
    6.30 - 8.30pmSt Annes Church, Kew Green

    The Kew Society Annual 12th Night Party

    The committee was delighted to welcome many of our members t

  • Tue
    24
    Feb
    2015
    5:00 pmThe Jodrell Lecture Theatre Kew Gardens

    The Jodrell Theatre in Kew Gardens was packed to capacity to hear a fascinating talk by Susanne Groo

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2015
    10:00 amRiverside, Kew to Richmond

    Jason Debney from the Thames Landscape Strategy led a group of Kew Society members on a fascinating

  • Wed
    22
    Apr
    2015
    7:15 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond

    The Richmond Society and The Kew Society hosted a

    GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS to MEET ALL THE CANDIDAT

  • Sun
    10
    May
    2015
    2:00 pmSandycoombe Road, St Margaret's

    Private Guided Tour of Turners House

    Exclusive to Kew Society Members

    Sunday May 10th 2015

    We were d

  • Sat
    20
    Jun
    2015
    11:00 amKew Green

    Kew Fete 2015

    11am - 6pm

    The Kew Society will be displaying the winning photographs from their schoo

  • Mon
    22
    Jun
    2015
    8pm - 9.30The Good Wine Shop Kew

    Wine Tasting Course for Kew Society Members

    "Classic Regions of Europe"

    The course took place over f

  • Sat
    27
    Jun
    2015
    4pm - 8pmPensford Field

    Pensford Field and The Kew Society Summer Picnic Party

    We are delighted to be joining forces with th

  • Sat
    04
    Jul
    2015
    10:00 - 15:00St Anne's Church

    There will be a Table Top Sale at St Anne's Church, Kew Green, TW9 3AA.on Saturday 4th July, 10.00 a

  • Wed
    15
    Jul
    2015
    8:00 pmCoach & Horses Hotel, Kew Green

    Need help with House Plant problems ?

    Look no further - Richard Ward (ex Kew Gardens student and Kew

  • Sat
    05
    Sep
    2015
    11:00 amKew Green

    Celebrating 71 years of the Kew Horticultural Show!

    It is one of the few produce shows in the London

  • Wed
    09
    Sep
    2015
    2:00 pmOsterley House

     

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    The Kew Society's second visit to Osterley House this year was a real treat.

    The

  • Wed
    14
    Oct
    2015
    6:30 pmThe National Archives

    The National Archives have kindly opened their doors for The Kew Society to host their AGM.

    Entrance

  • Mon
    09
    Nov
    2015
    6:00 pmThe National Archives

    You may have noticed that some trees which the council maintains along our roads or in our open spac

  • Thu
    03
    Dec
    2015
    10:30 amRichmond

    The Kew Society members & guests were treated to a fascinating tour of the Poppy Factory.

    For over 9

  • Sat
    12
    Dec
    2015
    10:30 amRichmond

    Richmond Theatre is turned 116 in 2015 and they ran a series of tours. The Kew Society were lucky en

  • 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

  • Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    The National Archives 'Behind the Scenes' tours  on January 21st are sold out. Three further dates a

  • Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017
    6:30 pmThe National Archives

    Wednesday February 22nd 2017

    Alexander Road by Caroline Blomfiedl 2011

    (Photo by Caroline Blomfield 2011)

    At the National Archives, Ruskin Av

  • Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017
    7:00 pmPriory Road Tennis Club House

    The Kew Society Annual Party is on Saturday February 25th, 7pm

    We are delighted to invite our member

  • Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 amThe National Archives

    These tours are now full.

    We will be requesting further dates soon.

    Please email Sue May at events@k

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    Doors open at 6.30pm and the talk starts at 7pm.

    'A Riverside View of Georgian London'

    'The past and

  • Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017
    11:00 amThe National Archives

    This tour is now full, we will be requesting new dates soon.

    Please email Sue May at events@kewsocie

  • Wed
    22
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    The Kew Society committee is calling an EGM to:

    1. approve the changes to the constitution of The Kew
  • Tue
    28
    Mar
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

    You are invited to attend a public meeting on local air pollution.

    MASC (Make Air Safe & Clean) brin

  • Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

     

    This tour is now fully booked.

    To add your name to the waiting list - click the link here 

    There a

  • Wed
    03
    May
    2017
    7:00 pmThe National Archives

     Talk by Simon Inglis (author, Played in London)

    Putney to Kew

    "Charting the heritage of the world’s

  • Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017
    6:15 pmKew Gardens at Elizabeth Gate, Kew Green.

    We are delighted to offer our members a private guided tour by The Historic Royal Places of The Kew

  • Mon
    05
    Jun
    2017
    7:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond. TW9 1DH

    Your chance to hear the local Parliamentary candidates' views and then ask your questions.

    Pre-submi

  • Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017
    11am & 11.15amThe National Archives

    We are delighted that the National Archives have offered our members another two 'Behind the Scenes'

  • Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017
    11am - 6pmKew Green

    Once again the Kew Midsummer Fete is coming to Kew Green and The Kew Society will be having a stall.

  • Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017
    6:00 pmPriory Road Tennis Club House

    The Kew Society Summer Party is on Saturday July 29th, 6pm

    We are delighted to invite our members an

  • Sun
    13
    Aug
    2017
    10:00 amLondon Wetland Centre Barnes

    We were delighted to have the chance to offer our Members the opportunity to enjoy an early Sunday m

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    10am - 4pmThe National Archives

    To celebrate 40 years in Kew, The National Archives are opening their doors. There will be many free

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Tour of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic gardens, Kew by Ethobotanist and Curator

  • Mon
    16
    Oct
    2017
    7pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

     

    West London Waste and Recycling team gave an eye-opening presentation to Kew Society members in Ju

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    9:15 amWestminster

    Members are invited to enjoy a free tour of the House of Commons, the House of Lords and Westminster

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    6:45 pmThe National Archives

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

    We will welc

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017
    7pm - 8.30pmThe National Archives

    We are delighted that Lucinda Ganderton has agreed to talk to The Kew Society. She will reveal how Q

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    6pm-9pmSt Winefrides Church Hall, Leyborne Park, Kew.

    As part of the next phase of the village planning process, the council are hosting a number of 'Ques

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    Following a fascinating presentation by Professor Roger Mason earlier this year, the Kew Society hav

  • Wed
    10
    Jan
    2018
    5:30 pmRoyal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    We are delighted that Kew Society members have been offered a rare opportunity to visit the Economic

  • 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 R

  • Mon
    12
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond. TW9 1DH

    Image of John Greening with garden plan

    Museum consultant and historian Val Bott has been studying

  • Mon
    12
    Feb
    2018
    2.15pm-3pmThe National Archives

    Kew Society members are being offered the opportunity to hear a presentation from PCSO Lorraine Chil

  • Mon
    26
    Feb
    2018
    7pm (doors open at 6.30)The National Archives

    Picture by Caroline Blomfield

    The Kew Society is delighted to welcome Dr Lee Prosser and Polly Putn

  • Wed
    07
    Mar
    2018
    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    A316, early days.

    Paul Velluet, President of the Richmond Local History Society, Chartered Architec

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018
    6.45pm for 7pm startThe National Archives

    Fallow Deer grazing in Richmond Park

    We are delighted to have the opportunity to show the film comm

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)Kew Community Centre, St Luke's in The Avenue, TW9 2AJ.

    This is a chance to hear Kew Ward candidates speak briefly and then answer your questions prior to t

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018
    6:30 pmKew Gardens at Elizabeth Gate, Kew Green.

    Kew Palace, also known as the Dutch House, was built in 1631 for a Flemish merchant, Samuel Fortrey

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    8:45 amWestminster Abbey

    Following the fast sellout of the September tour we are delighted to be able to offer a second tour.

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018
    6:30 pmThe National Archives

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

    We will welc

  • Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018
    2pm or 3pmSandycoombe Rd. St Margaret's

    Turners House has been carefully restored and is now open to the public once more.

    Following the tw

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    10:00 amGreen Dragon Lane, Over Kew Bridge

    To address concerns about the poor quality of London water, Kew Bridge works opened in 1838 to pump

  • Mon
    14
    Jan
    2019
    8:00 pmDuke Street Church, Richmond. TW9 1DH

    We are delighted to be joining the The Richmond Local History Society to present this talk by Stephe

  • Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019
    10:30 amThe National Portrait Gallery

    We are delighted to offer members a talk at The National Portrait Gallery about Thomas Gainsborough’