Civic Pride helps Kew Gardens Station to be blooming marvellous

Release Date: 25 July 2017

Newly planted flowerbeds at Kew Gardens Station have been officially unveiled today.

The planting project, initiated by the Kew Society with Transport for London (TfL), has transformed four areas on the platforms at Kew Gardens Station which were previously overgrown with grass and weeds.

The project, which has taken two years to complete, is a unique collaboration between the Kew Society, TfL, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), Energy Garden and Richmond Council.

The garden was completed with the support of Energy Garden, a pan-London community gardening initiative developing the underused spaces on the London Overground. Together with Groundwork London, they provided most of the funding, as well as a skilled team to organise the planting and oversee ongoing maintenance of over 1,500 plants, including Globe Thistles, Foxgloves, Lambs Ears, Wood Spurge, Hellebores and Verbena.

The project was also awarded a £3k grant from Richmond Council’s Civic Pride Fund, recognising the community commitment and collaborative working required to make this very public space more attractive.

The Council’s Civic Pride Fund is available to individuals or groups who want to organise a project or event to improve their local area and deliver more for their local communities. Grants of up to £5k are available to organisations and £1k for individuals.

Cllr Benedict Dias, Deputy Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, attended the unveiling. He said:

“This is exactly the type of project that Civic Pride aims to help. The work, largely carried out by volunteers, has transformed the platform flowerbeds.

“Kew Station sees hundreds of thousands of arrivals every year. Many of them are tourists, on their way to the famous Royal Botanic Gardens. It is only right that they are greeted by beautiful flowers.”

Caroline Brock, Chair of the Kew Society, had the initial idea to give the flowerbeds a much needed makeover. She said:

“I could see the station becoming more and more overgrown and thought that it would be a good project for the Kew Society to take on. My idea was to transform the platforms into a haven of colour, worthy to be the gateway to the World Heritage Site, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.”

Find out more about the Civic Pride Fund.

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Reference: P348/17

Updated: 31 July 2017