Join the Kew Guild

Why join the CIO?

The Annual Journal

The Journal, published in June, gives news of Kew and Kewites worldwide. It contains interesting articles, reports and details of members.

The Kew Guild Website

This gives up to date news, and access to previous Journals on line.

The Kew Guild Award Scheme

Allows the opportunity to apply to the Kew Guild Award Scheme, which annually funds Travel and Education projects, normally relating to Horticulture and Botany. The Kew Guild Award Scheme plays an important part by sponsoring and administering bursaries, awards and travel scholarships. These are open to all members of the Guild. The Guild also funds annual prizes which are presented at the Kew Diploma student graduation ceremony.

Lectures and social events

The opportunity to meet Kewites and their families at events arranged in various parts of the country including the Annual Dinner and AGM and Soirée. Information on lectures and other events at Kew, including the Kew Guild sponsored lecture at the commencement of the Kew Mutual Improvement Society lecture programme each autumn to which Guild members are invited.

Membership of Kew Gardens

Kew Guild members are entitled to individual membership at the staff discount price of £35. The membership must be paid for by Direct Debit and entitles you to free entry to Kew and Wakehurst Place for you and a family member, Kew Magazine delivered to your home three times a year and discounts in Kew’s shops. Call 020 8332 3200 with your membership number for more details.

How to join

Please click to download Kew Guild CIO Membership Application Form.

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If you have any questions, please contact our Membership Secretary:


Extracted from Rules of the Kew Guild AGM 2018

(3)   Membership

  1. Full Membership of The Kew Guild shall be open to the general public and following categories, subject to ratification by the Kew Guild Committee:
    a. Kew Diploma Students, from the beginning of the Kew Diploma Course.
    b. Past and present staff members of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
    c. RBG Kew Enterprises Limited
    d. the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens
    e. Internal trainees, research and liaison scientists and volunteer workers, provided that they have worked for a period(s) exceeding in total at least 3 months at one of these organisations.
    f. Persons awarded Honorary Membership by the Committee.
    g. On the death of a spouse or partner an Associate Member may take up Full Membership (see 3b below).
    h. Persons associated with Kew but outside the categories set out in 3.a.(i) to (iv) who have been awarded membership at the discretion of the Committee.
  2. Associate Membership of The Kew Guild shall be open to the spouses or partners of full members.
  3. Honorary Fellows:
    a. Persons of professional or academic achievement not qualifying for membership under categories 3.a. or 3.b. may be appointed as Honorary Fellows by the Kew Guild Committee.
    b. The Committee may not award more than three Fellowships in any Guild year and the total number of Fellows shall not exceed twenty-five at any one time.
    c. Nominations for Fellowship shall be considered and approved initially by the Kew Guild Award Scheme Committee before approval by the full Committee.
  4. Full Members of The Kew Guild shall have the right to vote at meetings and will be eligible for election as Officers of The Kew Guild. Associate and Fellow Members do not have voting rights.
  5. The Committee may call upon any individual who has brought The Kew Guild into disrepute to resign from The Kew Guild by resolution communicated to the member in writing, stating concisely the grounds on which it proposes to act. If the member does not so resign within 48 days, the Committee may, by resolution, terminate his or her membership.
  6. Before coming to any decision, the Committee shall give proper facilities to the affected member for stating his or her case, either orally or in writing, to the Committee.

(4)   Annual Subscriptions

  1. Annual subscriptions shall be payable on the first day of January each year and shall be an amount approved at the preceding Annual General Meeting.
  2. Payment of the subscription shall entitle Full Members to receive the Annual Journal and other benefits of membership.
  3. Honorary Members do not pay a subscription for membership but receive full benefits of membership.
  4. Associate Members do not pay a subscription, do not receive a copy of the Journal and have no voting rights.
  5. Honorary Fellows do not pay a subscription for membership and receive full benefits of membership, but have no voting rights.
  6. Kew Diploma Students pay a reduced annual subscription, as determined by the Committee, for their first three years of membership while they are Kew Diploma Students.
  7. Journal subscriptions shall be at a rate determined by the Committee.
  8. Failure to renew a subscription by 1st March of any year will result in the membership terminating.
  9. If a member resigns during a year there is no refund of any part of the subscription for that year.

Current membership subscription rates as at 9th September 2018:

  • Full membership – £27.00
  • Kew student membership – £15.00
  • Journal (Library) – £20.00
  • Honorary Members – no subscription

Apply online

Unfortunately on-line membership applications are not currently in operation.  In the meantime, please see under “Current membership subscription rates” above, and download the pdf application form “The Kew Guild CIO Membership Application Form” from the link above.

Membership Secretary: Sara Arnold,

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