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Join Kew Gardens for its fifth Community Open Week

by | 11 Apr 24 | News

Kew Gardens is inviting community groups and individuals who face barriers to visiting to sign up for this year’s Community Open Week.

Providing free taster sessions of Kew’s Community Access and Learning Programmes, this year’s theme is Networks, featuring workshops, talks and games across five days.

Events include a talk on the mycelium network, games and activities to learn more about the world of plants, developed by Kew Science students, and the exploration into the world of soil.

As well as a grounding meditation and forest bathing activity, guided sensory tours for those with a visual impairment, dementia or who are neurodiverse, and a comic book workshop with Kew’s Youth Forum, where attendees can design a biodiversity themed comic book.

Now in its fifth year, Kew’s Community Open Week aims to invite communities to learn more about Kew Gardens and its Community Access and Learning Programmes.

“Access to nature should be for everyone, to improve our mental and physical wellbeing, as well as to help us really appreciate the wonder of the natural world and why it so urgently needs our protection,” says Julia Willison, head of Kew’s Learning and Participation.

Community Open Week runs from 22 to 26 May at Kew Gardens. Thursday 23 May is designed for visitors who need a calmer environment and for those who are planning to attend specific activities due to accessibility requirements.

All events are open to community groups new to Kew Gardens and existing Community Access Scheme members. There is no pre-booking required for the activities, but the activities are subject to availability.

Community groups attending Community Open Week are free to explore the gardens independently and can also get creative with a range of self-guided activities and resources, including scavenger hunts, art packs and more.

To find out how to sign up for a session visit: www.kew.org/learning/community-and-access/community-open-week

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