HC Deb 04 June 1891 vol 353 cc1604-5

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that the island in the Thames above Kew Bridge is being undermined by the action of the tide; that the trees on it are likely to fall and possibly crush passing boats; and that when they do fall, the plants and shrubs in Kew Gardens, to which they afford protection from wind and weather, will suffer; that the island is becoming an eyesore to the neighbourhood, and that the attention of the Commissioners of Woods and Forests has been called to this state of things, but that no notice has been taken by them of the communication; and whether, in view of these facts, he will urge on the Commissioners their obligation, as trustees of this National property, to keep in proper condition this island?


It appears doubtful whether the island referred to is being undermined so much by the action of the tide as by the wash of passing steamers. I am informed that care will be taken to remove any trees that are likely to be dangerous to passing boats.