Community Learning Programme

Learn more about Kew's science, history and horticulture through our community learning programmes.

Knitting workshop

From creative writing to music making and knitting, we offer a range of accessible opportunities for you to learn more about our science, history and horticulture. 

Our Community Learning Programme is open to groups and individuals who are members of our Community Access Scheme (CAS), and those who might otherwise face physical, sensory, psychological or social barriers to visiting Kew. 

All sessions are free, and some are currently delivered online due to COVID-19. 

Online activities

Join in with our fun and welcoming activities from home.

  • Knitting workshop

    Knitting Nature Online

    Learn about Kew's science and rare plants through a fun and friendly knit and natter group. All ability levels welcome.

  • Plant poets corner

    Plant Poets' Corner Online

    Join us to learn about Kew's rare and endangered plants and discover new ways to express yourself through creative poetry activities.

    No experience needed, all abilities welcome. 

  • Poems written during a workshop

    Shared Stories Online

    Join us to discover your hidden writing talents and uncover the unique stories in our collections. 

    No experience needed, all abilities welcome.  

  • Wind chimes, seasonal sounds

    Seasonal Sounds Online

    Learn about Kew's rare and endangered plants and musical styles from around the world. Take part in hands-on learning activities and explore the wellbeing benefits of collective music making. All abilities welcome, no musical experience necessary. 

    These sessions are for organisations/charities that focus on illness, recovery support and mental health.  

Activities in the Gardens

  • Come and sing at Kew

    Come and Sing at Kew

    Learn and share music about the plants and countries featured in our Temperate House and Gardens. 

    All abilities welcome. There is no need to be able to read music to take part. 

    Coming soon 

  • Visitor in the Palm House

    Community Resource Bags

    Our resource bags will help you make the most of your group visit. Designed for use by up to 10 adults, they contain a range of resources and learning activities to encourage groups to learn together and explore the Gardens independently. 

    Available Spring/Summer 2021

  • CPD planting seeds

    Continuing Professional Development

    We offer a range of continuing professional development opportunities to support group leaders to bring groups independently to Kew.

    Our programmes will ensure that you have the skills, confidence and resources you need to help your group learn about our science and collections. 

    Email communitylearning@kew.org for more information. 

  • Knitting workshop in Temperate House

    Community Connectors

    Community Connectors are individuals who live or work in the local community and are interested in helping us develop new learning opportunities and resources. They represent various sectors of the community and assist our team as volunteer advisors.  

    Email communitylearning@kew.org for more information. 

Get in touch to book 

For more information and to book one of our activities please email us communitylearning@kew.org.

If you would like to get involved in our Community Learning Programme, but are not currently a member of the Community Access Scheme, please get in touch.