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Press and media

Contact the Press Office at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew to find out what's coming up in the Gardens or to learn more about our vital science and conservation work in the UK and around the world. This service is for members of the press only.

Press Office contact details

For Kew Gardens and the Millennium Seed Bank Partnership call the press office during weekday office hours on 020 8332 5607 or email pr@kew.org

For out-of-hours press enquiries call 020 8332 5000 and a duty press officer will be contacted. Please note this number is for members of the press only. 

For general enquiries please contact the information team on 020 8332 5655 or email info@kew.org

For commercial filming or photography enquiries please call 020 8332 3676 or email commercialmedia@kew.org

For Wakehurst call Press Officer Sandra Howard during office hours on 01444 894366 or email s.howard@kew.org


Press visits

We welcome visits by media representatives researching stories and programmes about the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Complimentary media passes for Kew

For a complimentary media pass you must apply in advance. We cannot issue complimentary media passes on the day, even to those with evidence of valid media accreditation. 

Please download and complete the media visit application form and email the complete form to pr@kew.org.

We will issue you with a complimentary media pass if we are able to accomodate your visit.

Access with a media pass is limited to the public areas of the Gardens, unless requested otherwise.


Latest press releases

Action needed to safeguard Ethiopia’s climate-threatened coffee industry
20 June 2017

Christmas at Kew 2017
12 June 2017

Autumn at Kew Gardens
9 June 2017

For more press releases


Press Image Library

View and download images from our library of high resolution press images.

Call or email the Press Office for a username and password.


Press filming and photography

We will handle non-commercial filming and photography free of charge or part-charged if we think it will benefit Kew Gardens (by publicising our scientific work, festival or status as a visitor attraction). Any charge would depend on the nature and duration of your filming in the Gardens.
These guidelines outline the service we provide and what is required of you.
 

Making a filming/photography request

  • Submit a detailed itinerary to the Press Office including locations, plants, interviews and accurate timings and email to pr@kew.org
  • Filming/photography is not permitted at weekends or after the Gardens/Glasshouses close (these timings vary seasonally). 
  • Filming can also be arranged through our commercial filming department who charge their time by the hour and can offer more flexibility. Call 020 8332 3676 or email commercialmedia@kew.org.

Pre-filming preparation

  • Recce: we require the crew/photographer to carry out a recce with a member of Kew staff.
  • Location release: we will sign this at the recce stage
  • Insurance agreement: supply this at the recce stage
  • Personal/parental release forms: it is the responsibility of the crew/photographer to gain signed consent where necessary before filming.

Requirements on day of filming/photography

  • Arrive at Cambridge Cottage Offices, 37 Kew Green and ring the marketing bell unless otherwise agreed.
  • No vehicles are allowed, please bring a trolley to transport your equipment around the Gardens.
  • Kew staff accompany the crew/photographer at all times, your filming is dependent on staff being available.
  • We ask that you do not interact with the public. It is essential that you consult us if you intend to interact with the public and, if we agree, that you gain personal/parental permission.