Kevin Martin

Tree and landscape strategy plan

Tree and landscape strategy plan

Beech trees face an uncertain future as the south of England becomes drier. Would Beech trees sourced from drier climates be better equipped?My main work for 2022 is to write a Tree and Landscape Strategy Plan for Kew.  This is a new document; Kew has not had such a strategy before.  I have just finished…

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Significant losses at Kew Gardens

Significant losses at Kew Gardens

Storm Eunice has dominated life here at Kew, as it has for many, especially across the south of England.  At 70mph, it was a severe storm, the first red warning storm to hit Kew in my time.  We lost 15 trees.  Each of them was one I had noted when surveying as likely to fail…

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Teaching… Filming… Always something to do at Kew

Teaching… Filming… Always something to do at Kew

I delivered three sessions of the new Kew Diploma this week, and felt quite tired at the end. As I reflect on what was involved, I now realise why! Each four-hour session takes me 24 hours to prepared and write! The sessions are being well-received. My most recent session was exploring the role of the…

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Tree Audit finds 1,500 Oaks 

Tree Audit finds 1,500 Oaks 

By Kevin Martin  The past few months have brought some considerable changes to life here at Kew...  2021 saw many changes to the management of Kew, with a new Chief Executive and other key appointments. I am now responsible for delivering the tree syllabus for the Kew Diploma. This is an internationally recognised qualification run…

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