About The Kew Guild

The association of members of the Kew staff, past and present
Founded in 1893
Registered Charity No. 306064

Membership of the Kew Guild is open to past and present staff members and volunteers of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, International Trainees and Research and Liaison Scientists, provided they have worked continuously at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, for at least three months.

For more than a century the Kew Guild has been the thread of continuity that binds present staff and students to those that have gone before. Through membership of the Guild the strong ties of friendship and professional interest that are formed at Kew can be retained and widened.

The Journal is not only an unbroken annual record of Kew and the Guild since 1893, but is also a continuing channel of information about current courses and former staff and students across the world.

The Kew Guild Awards Scheme plays an important part by sponsoring and administering bursaries, awards and travel fellowships which are open to all members of the Guild.

Whether at home or abroad, your whereabouts, your activities and your achievements are of enormous interest to other Kewites. By being a member you can both keep in touch and help the charitable purposes of the Guild.

The main aims of the Kew Guild are:

  • The advancement of horticultural and botanical knowledge, particularly in connection with the work of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Wakehurst Place (RBG, Kew) and among members of the Guild.
  • The encouragement of horticultural and botanical education at RBG, Kew by the provision of prizes and grants for Students and the administration of the educational funds of the Guild.
  • The administration of the Awards Scheme and other charitable funds of the Guild for the objects of the Guild, and the assistance from such funds to members of the Guild at the discretion of the Committee.
  • The publication of a Journal in furtherance of one or more of the aims of the Guild.