About the Society

The Richmond Society was founded in 1957 by a group of local residents originally to fight against the proposal to install modern lamp posts around the ancient Green. This battle was won, but the pressure from new developments, aircraft noise, and the night economy is even greater today.

Richmond should have a high level of amenities for a town distinguished by its history and location.  We believe that:

Town planning, new buildings, works to existing buildings, landscaping and street furniture should all make a positive and sympathetic contribution to the existing character of Richmond’s built environment.

The natural environment should be respected and improved sensitively and its responsible use by residents and visitors encouraged.

Richmond should be a place that people feel proud to live in, work in or visit. This means that Richmond should be clean, uncluttered, in a good state of repair and a place where people can peaceably and safely go about their business.

The Richmond Society is independent of all political parties and is concerned only with what is of benefit to residents and visitors. Members of the society play crucial roles in making sure that proposed changes benefit those who live and work in the borough and also preserve its natural and built environments.

The Society is a Registered Charity (No 1169079) supported purely by subscriptions and donations from members and all the workis done by volunteers. Click on Activities to find out how you may be able to help.

Of course it isn’t all work. The society has a full programme of events – meetings, guided walks and parties throughout the year. Click on Events to find out more.

Members are also kept up to date by the free quarterly magazine – click on Newsletter for details. This website, as well as providing information about the Society, will also keep existing members up to date with issues and events.

Individual membership of The Richmond Society costs only £5 a year and is open to all. We already have over 1,000 members but the more we have the greater our influence will be. If you live or work here, or if you are just an occasional visitor who loves Richmond, click Join and come and meet your local amenity and conservation group, working and caring for Richmond.

Enquiries and comments to: secretary@richmondsociety.org.uk