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18 November 2020

Coughs and colds - or COVID-19? A GP's advice for parents

Entering winter always means a rise in the numbers of coughs and colds for children. This year it will be more difficult for parents, unsure when cold or flu symptoms might be signs of a COVID-19 infection. 

Local GP Dr Annette Pautz has shared some advice to help you distinguish between a common cold and something more serious.

Read the advice here

Kingston Climate Emergency Youth Survey

Kingston and Richmond Youth Council, Achieving for Children and Kingston Council have created a Kingston Climate Emergency Youth Survey for young people. The survey aims to gauge how important our younger communities think climate change is and what actions they could take to help tackle it.

The survey is open from 16 November to 14 December.

London Climate Action Week

It is London Climate Action Week, which brings together a world leading array of climate professionals and communities. There are lots of webinars and interactive sessions taking place which are free to attend.

Read about #LCAW2020 and the sessions at

Tree planting plan 2020/21

A big thanks to everyone who participated in our tree planting survey.

Between now and March next year, we will be planting 540 new trees across the borough.

241 people had their say on planting locations and we have been able to fulfill 98% of the requests received.

A total of 347 trees will be planted in locations chosen by our residents this winter.

View our interactive map to find out what trees will be planted where.

Find out what we do to help give our new trees the best possible start in life.

Kingston Libraries - leading the way on digital bootcamps!

Kingston Libraries, together with Libraries Connected - a charity set up to advocate for the power of libraries and to support library leaders - delivered the first ever Digital Bootcamp on 12 November.

The bootcamp offered librarians across the country the opportunity to learn new techniques and skills.

Submit a question for Council and Committee meetings

Anyone who lives, works or studies in the Royal Borough of Kingston can ask a question at Full Council and Committee Meetings.

The next Full Council meeting is on 15 December. Questions need to be submitted using this form by 12 noon on 3 December. More information on the Council’s decision-making process is available here.

Air Quality Action Plan

We have created a new draft Air Quality Action Plan, which sets out the actions we will take with partners and communities over the next five years to improve air quality across the borough. This is an important part of our plan to create a cleaner, greener Kingston for everyone.

The draft plan is available to read and for comment at until 17 January 2021.  

Winter Stories

Arts Commissioning has teamed up with Bounce Theatre in a collaboration with local residents to light up the darker nights with Winter Stories.

This new digital e-zine features lots of activities and ideas to help everyone get creative at home. Watch out for the packed Xmas issue when Santa may make a special appearance - along with his elves!

To take part, download Winter Stories.

Voices of Hope - Photo Competition

Do you have a photo that captures a moment that shows someone has been with you in 2020?

Join our borough-wide competition emailing your entries (along with name & age) to

Winners will receive a prize and their photo will be displayed on Kingston's digital boards all around town!

Public Health tip - Alcohol Awareness Week

We’re taking part in Alcohol Awareness Week, which is all about the link between alcohol and mental health. 

It’s all too easy for our drinking to creep up, particularly at challenging times like this. If you're struggling or concerned about your drinking and mental health, visit the Kingston E-Drink-Check website to find ways to cut down on your how much you drink and look after your mental health.   

Natural not cultivated: a new vision for Kingston’s green spaces

Kingston Council is responsible for over 500 hectares of public open space, including 43 parks, 22 allotments and 30 playgrounds across the borough.

Last year, almost 400 residents had their say on how they would like to see these areas managed in the future with overwhelming support for wildlife friendly adjustments.

Local people strongly supported scaling back grass cutting, as well as more rewilding, tree planting and meadows to help encourage wildlife and boost biodiversity. 

This feedback will help shape the council’s refreshed Green Spaces Strategy and new Biodiversity Action Plan launching next year.

Read more and view the full report.

Try out our new website

We're testing a new version of our website before a full launch later this year and we'd really appreciate it if you would tell us what you think of it. 

Check out the new beta version of the website and leave your feedback here.


Microsoft Digital Skills Week

Throughout the week, Microsoft will host virtual keynotes and sessions for business leaders, developers, education professionals, students and jobseekers.

Working with Microsoft is just one of a number of initiatives Kingston Council is helping to support the communities that contribute to the borough's economic productivity. Together we're helping to reduce rates of unemployment and support businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, through meaningful actions and initiatives.


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