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Kew Gardens rips off members with change in arrangements with partner gardens.

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

With less than less than 3 months notice Kew Gardens changes it rules for members so you now have to pay to gain access to a kew  partnership gardens. Kew Garden are tell members that the free access to partnership gardens is still free as long you purchase a ticket for a friend.  Lots of people purchase Kew Gardens membership to visit Kews partnership gardens so they do not have to pay every time they enter.  Whilst Kew Gardens might be within the rights they have to change membership access to partner garden providing less than 3 months notice to people who have purchase 12 months membership seems I little unfair. But it support the Kew Gardens corporate culture in that members and visitors are seen as an inconvenience  and something that has to tolerated to gain access to massive amount of public assistance through Government hand outs and grant.

The Kew Gardens Email

We are writing to let you know about a change to a membership benefit. Free entry to our partner gardens is changing. From 1 June 2019, members of Kew and Wakehurst will be entitled to 2 for 1 access to partner gardens (listed below) when purchasing an adult or concession ticket*. This replaces the current arrangement where members of Kew and Wakehurst have free entry to partner gardens.


Our partner gardens are:

  • Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
  • Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan
  • Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Benmore, Dawyck, Logan Botanic Gardens
  • Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum
  • Castle Howard Grounds
  • Ness Botanic Gardens
  • Holehird Gardens / Lakeland Horticultural Society
  • Oxford Botanic Garden & Arboretum
  • Birmingham Botanical Gardens


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