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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

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

For commercial filming or photography enquiries please call 020 8332 3676 or email

For Wakehurst call Press Officer Sandra Howard during office hours on 01444 894336 or email

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 a media visit application form and email the completed form to

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

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

Latest press releases

Colombia's rich biodiversity and culture to be celebrated at Kew's Orchids Festival
16 August 2018

One of the world's shyest trees in full bloom for the first time in 31 years
14 August 2018

Glow Wild ticket sales off to a flying start at Wakehurst
14 August 2018

Summer Explorers at Wakehurst 
14 August 2018

Meet Siyanda, Protector of Plants
23 July 2018

The Wonder Project
25 June 2018 

Christmas at Kew 2018
4 June 2018

Kew Science Festival at Wakehurst
4 June 2018

Wild Wood Festival brings Wakehurst's woodlands alive
22 May 2018

The greatest glasshouse in the world opens
3 May 2018

The greatest glasshouse in the world awaits
5 April 2018

National survey reveals rise in visitor numbers for Wakehurst, Kew's Wild Botanic Garden in the Sussex High Weald
16 March 2018

Kew launches 10-year plan to share its collections and help secure future of the planet
14 March 2018

Kew’s iconic Temperate House to re-open in May after five-year restoration
8 March 2018

Kew’s Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art celebrates 10th anniversary with three new exhibitions
7 March 2018

A big day out with Peter Rabbit™
6 March 2018

New research reveals plant wonderland inside China’s caves
7 February 2018

The final countdown - Kew’s magnificent Temperate House to re-open in three months' time
6 February 2018

Calendar of events 2018
23 January 2018

Kew’s first Thai-inspired orchids festival celebrates tranquillity, culture and heritage
11 January 2018

Kew welcomes new UK environment plan
11 January 2018

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 guidelines

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
  • 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

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

  • 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.