Membership of the Kew Guild is open to:

  • Past and present staff members of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Past and present staff members of RBG Kew Enterprises Ltd
  • Past and Present staff members of the Foundation & Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Internal Trainees who has worked or is working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Research and Liaison Scientists who has worked/volunteered, or is working/volunteering at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Volunteers
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Horticultural Trainees
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Horticultural Apprentices

  provided the above have worked continuously at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for at least three months.

Additionally membership of the Kew Guild is open to:

  • Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Diploma Students – from the beginning of their Kew Diploma Course.

Why join?

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 Scientist is distributed biannually.

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.

Friends of Kew

Friends of Kew members of Kew Guild are entitled to individual Friends 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 3 times a year and discounts in Kew’s shops. Call 020 8332 3200 with your membership number for more details.


Extracted from Rules of the Kew Guild AGM 2008

3. a Full membership of The Guild shall be open to the following, subject to ratification by the Kew Guild Committee. (i) Kew Diploma Students, from the beginning of the Kew Diploma Course. (ii) Past and present members of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, RBG Kew Enterprises Limited and the Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 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. (iii) Persons awarded Honorary Membership by the committee. (iv) On the death of a spouse or partner an Associate Member may take up Full Membership(see 3b) (v) 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

3.b Associate Members. The spouses or partners of full members.

3. c Honorary Fellows. 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. 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. Nominations for Fellowship shall be considered and approved by the Kew Guild Award Scheme committee before approval by the full Committee.

4. Full members of the Guild shall have the right to vote at meetings and will be eligible for election as Officers of the Guild. Associate and Fellow Members do not have voting rights.

Annual subscriptions

6. a 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. Payment of the subscription shall entitle Full Members to receive the Annual Journal and other benefits of membership. Associate Members do not pay a subscription, do not receive a copy of the Journal and have no voting rights. Honorary Fellows do not pay a subscription for membership and receive full benefits of membership, but have no voting rights.

6. b. Journal subscriptions shall be at a rate determined by the Committee.

6. c. Failure to renew a subscription by 1st of March of any year will result in the membership terminating.

6. d. 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 7th September 2015:

  • Journal (Library) – £20.00
  • Full membership – £27.00 (n.b There is a student membership discount)
  • Associate – no subscription fee for spouses or partners of full members.
  • a Full Membership Application form is downloadable* here (or obtainable from the Secretary of the Kew Guild, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond Surrey TW9 3AB or by emailing the membership secretary). Please send the completed application form to Sylvia Phillips at the address shown on the form.

*To view this document you will need a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have a copy it is available free from the Adobe website.

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 “Full Membership Application Form” from the link above.

Membership Secretary: Jean Griffin,