Club Visit to Kew Gardens

Sat 25th March 2017 at 10.00 - 16.00

Justine Parker who spoke about the Discovery tour had invited members to visit the Gardens

Kew Gardens Discovery Tours

Justine Parker from Kew Gardens came to the Club in February 2017 to tell us about the Discovery Programme. This is a programme designed to make the gardens more accessible to visitors with disabilities, their carers, family members and friends. Their Community and Access programme offers access opportunities for visitors with limited mobility, learning disability or sensory loss.

Justine invited members of the club to come on a Discovery tour themselves, to allow us to experience first hand the kind of walking tour that might be offered to a Community group. Although we did not use it, they do have a mini-bus specially equipped to take up to 13 people including one wheelchair. They can also provide a British Sign Language guide if needed.

It was wonderful to witness the efforts of Kew Gardens to meet the needs of the local and wider community particularly those with extra challenges. We noted that the programme also provides free monthly health walks for Richmond residents living with dementia and their carers.

Thank you for taking us round the Gardens on such a beautiful day and especially seeing the trees resplendent with their spring blossom. What a joy!