News 23.9.16

*New* - Our Vision for the Future of the Rec. See here. Let us have your feedback!


News 23.9.16

Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Pavilion Cafe in the Rec Friday 23 Sep


Macmillan Coffee morning poster


News 16.7.16


Everyone is playing Pokémon Go and there are two Pokéstops and hundreds of wild Pomémon in North Sheen Rec. See the full set of pix on our Facebook page



News 14.7.16

The new drinking fountain has been installed in the Rec. Just behind the Pavilion. 


News 29.6.16


The Rec café has reopened today.
  • Opening times 9.30am - 5.30pm 7 days a week 
  • Quality food and beverages, no fried food and more selective menus - freshly ground coffee and teas, paninis, sandwiches, baked potatoes, home-made soup, cakes and home-made gelato-style ice cream 
  • Run by South Street Coffee & Ice cream shop (based in Isleworth) , it will be called "South Street Café on the Park". Find and like them on Facebook
  • More community events / meetings etc - to be set up - any ideas, please let the café manager know

Trudy with one of her delicious home made cakes

News 7.5.16

Minutes of the open meeting of last month can now be read here. 


News 28.6.16

Our lovely flowers on the border with North Road are now in bloom. Here is one example. See the full set on our Facebook page, please like and share. Also on Twitter and Instagram.

Summer flowers in the Rec

News 17.4.16

Open meeting in the Pavilion. All welcome.

News 30.3.16

Flowers in the Rec
Richmond Council have agreed to plant annual flowers in the flowerbeds bordering North Road where the cotoneaster hedge was recently removed. We asked for flowers that would be long-flowering and attractive to bees, as well as being suitable for the location. Richmond Council's landscape architect has specified the "Classic Mix" from a seed specialist called Pictorial Meadows, who designed the flowers for the Olympic Park. 
Classic Mix
Richmond Council will plant the flower seeds around the end of April and if all goes well, they will be in flower from about eight weeks later until the autumn, when more permanent planting of perennial flowers will be carried out.
In response to our request, Richmond Council will also be re-instating the First World War Memorial Poppy flowerbed in the same location as last year, and our memorial bench will be arriving soon. We will be asking for more flowers by the other entrances and other suitable areas in the Rec and will let you know what transpires. We know that 48 per cent of Rec users in our 2013 survey said they wanted flowers, so we will continue to pursue this objective, among others. Meanwhile, see our photo album for some of the lovely bulbs that are now starting to flower after our planting efforts last year.


News 28.3.16

Easter Egg Hunt!

Our first Easter Egg Hunt took place on the same day as Storm Katie descended, causing chaos around the UK. Amazingly, here in Kew, the weather cleared up just in time and the sun actually came out. We had around 35 children take part throughout the morning with their parents, all winning eggs that were kindly donated by Sutcliffe Play, the company that supplied and installed the new playground equipment. Many thanks to Katy Robins, who organised this event and to several other Friends who provided vital help in preparing and running the activity.

Easter Egg Hunt


For more pictures, see our photo album.

News 11.3.16

Easter Egg Hunt in the Rec! 

Easter Monday 28 March, 11am

Easter Egg Hunt Monday 28 March 2016

News 10.3.16

WW1 Commemorative Map in the café

 In July 2015, the Friends of North Sheen Recreation Ground ran a Community Event that included a commemoration of the servicemen who lived around our Rec and lost their lives in the First world War. 

We found details of 137 servicemen from this area who died in the First World War. 

Please take some time to look at this material and remember the enormous sacrifice made on our behalf.


News 10.12.15

Planting bulbs December 2015

Having Spring bulbs in the Rec is very important to the Friends Group and Rec users. We know that from the rec users survey that was carried out in 2013, where more flowers was a top-three improvement requested, the other top three being less dog mess and more benches.

It was great that this year we have been successful in our bid for free bulbs from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association and Taylors Bulbs of Hornbeach. They distribute surplus bulbs at the end of the season to public locations. Richmond Council gave the Friends Group permission to plant spring bulbs in the existing flowerbeds and in areas of uncut grass.

Because the bulbs are a free gift at the end of the season, when they arrived we had to act fast to get them in the ground before the winter frosts came. A couple of Friends had worked out a planting plan and this week a group met in the Rec and got to work on planting the bulbs.

Our free bulbs included a wide selection, including daffodils varieties such as Winston Churchill, Tête-à-tête and Canaliculatis, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, star of Bethlehem and tulips. We’ve planted in single-variety naturalistic drifts around the Rec. More than 300 bulbs were planted – we hope as many as possible will come up and look forward to the pleasure of seeing them in the Spring.

Hopefully Richmond Council will be renovating some of the flowerbeds further later in the year and we hope we will be able to see some flowers in the Rec for most of the year. 

Many thanks to all Friends who helped in this venture, whether it was applying for the bulbs, planning the planting or doing the digging – your help is much appreciated by us all!

You can see the planting and the growing bulbs progress via the album on our Facebook page. Please like the page.

If you’d like to help improve our Rec in ways like this, please join the Friends organisation.


 Sue Burden, Chair, Friends of North Sheen Rec





News 01.12.15

Hi All,
We have some goood news!
This year, the NSRG Friends Group was successful in our application to get free bulbs from the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association and Taylors Bulbs of Spalding. Richmond Council have given us the OK to plant these in the Rec (in certain locations only).
We now need to get them planted asap and we will be having a bulb-planting session next Tuesday, 8th December 11am-1pm – meet by the Pavilion. We need as much help as possible – please come and help us plant these bulbs and help make our lovely Rec even more beautiful for the spring.
If you have them, please bring your own trowels / forks / spades / kneeling pads. But if you don’t have garden tools, please still come along as we will bring a few spare ones. Accompanied children are very welcome.
We know how important flowers are to Rec users. It came up very high on the list of what users wanted in our user survey. See more details on our website.
We hope to see as many as possible next Tuesday … and then some flowers in the Spring!
Please note that the bulb-planting in the Rec is undertaken at your own risk.
All the best!   
Chair, FONSR


News 19.11.15

The diggers move in as work starts on the refurbishment of the park

Work has started on the refurbishmen of our lovely playgrounds. If you would like to get involved with what is happening at our lovely park, please consider joining Friends of North Sheen Rec. For more pictures of work as it progresses, visit our Facebook page.


News 15.11.15 

Kew Dance Arts now offer dance classes in the Pavilion. This is an exciting development and we are thrilled to welcome this company, which has established classes already at St Luke's, to the park. More details on our activities page.

News 10.11.15 

Don't miss The Barn Church Christmas Fair, coming up on 28 November.

The Barn Christmas Fair


News 1.10.15 

The minutes of last month's AGM can now be read here.


News 18.9.15

At the AGM last night we discussed changing our name from North Sheen Recreation Ground to Kew Park. We would love feedback on this from users of the park. Please comment via our Facebook page. More news from the AGM coming soon.


News 17.9.15

Annual General Meeting

Friends of North Sheen Rec AGM

News 31.8.15

Congratulations to Kew Park Rangers on winning the FA National Standard Charter Community Club of the Year award, presented to KPR directors at Wembley earlier this month in front of a crowd of 85,000 by soccer legend Sir Geoff Hurst. 



News 31.7.15

Our most recent event was a WW1 Commemorative Event & Community Day in July.

The day fantastically well-supported. It included:

  • Exhibition about servicemen who lived near to NSRG who lost their lives in WW1
  • Map showing addresses of all servicemen around NSRG who lost their lives in WW1
  • Activities for children
  • Refreshments in the Pavilion
  • Stalls from local organisations.

Face painting at WW1 event

This photograph was taken early in the day. The tent soon became packed with dozens of children working with our committee member Katy on face painting and other crafts. Darell School lent us the gazebo and tables and half the money raised from the kids' activities went to Darell School playground fund. You can donate to the fund here.

History lecture WW1 event

Local historian Steve King tells us what life was like at the time of WW1. 

Heroes exhibition at WW1 event

 Friends chair Sue Burden explains the great courage and sacrifice of so many young men who lived around North Sheen Rec in Kew at the time of World War One.

Face painting at WW1 day

Just a word of extra special thanks here for Colin Cooper of South West London Environment Network. He took this photograph at our WW1 event and has been training volunteers on social media and the website to bring us up to the minute with our comms and other work. The support of SWLEN has been invaluable and we are so grateful to them and for their work with the council, helping to make us useful and effective in developing our lovely recreation ground for the benefit of our community in Kew.