Kew Gardens is 250 years old next year and it may be worth celebrating on the very first day of 2009.
Princess Augusta started the botanic garden in 1759.
Most walkers on the Thames Path do not now break off to visit the gardens, however tempting, as the admission price is a staggering £13. Many of us remember when it was a nominal one penny.
However, on New Year’s Day, Thursday 1 January, admission will be free. And the ice rink will still be open. Gates open at 9.30am.
See page 56.