Rotherhithe man will feature in Channel 4 documentary

Rotherhithe man will feature in Channel 4 documentary


A Rotherhithe man known for his nature photography and being Kew Gardens ‘biggest fan’ will feature in a Channel 4 Christmas documentary.

Kam Hong Leung has lived in Rotherhithe since 1989, after growing up in Hong Kong. He regularly pays tribute to the area through his enthusiasm for nature and photography, which he described as his “meditation and salvation.”

“I love my beautiful natural neighbourhood in Rotherhithe. There’s extraordinary community spirit here, as well as so many public green spaces for all to enjoy!” he said.

But when Kam was recently interviewed for a Channel 4 documentary it looks like Rotherhithe is vying with Kew Gardens as the place he spends most of his time with his camera.

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Kew Gardens – the Royal Botanic Gardens in Richmond – are famous for their Christmas display and have been named as one of the top places in the UK to see festive lights. The ‘Christmas at…’ on Channel 4 series will follow five top locations in the UK from the South of England to Edinburgh as they transform their venues for Christmas.

Cowslip flowers fighting through snow in Rotherhithe, 2008 (photo: Kam Leung)

Kam was approached by producers on social media and interviewed for the upcoming series featuring Kew. “I was truly honoured that Channel 4 wanted to feature me in ‘Christmas at Kew,’” he said.

“They wanted to interview a loyal member of Kew – I’ve been for the last eight years at Christmas and I go there regularly to take photos! I’m a huge fan.”

Christmas at Kew 2021 (photo: Kam Leung)

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This isn’t the first time Kam has been recognised for one of his passions. He’s won many awards for his nature photography, including this year when he won award for a photo taken at Kew’s Waterlily House in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Photographic Competition.

Winner of ‘Indoor Gardening’ category at the RHS Photographic competition, Kew’s Waterlily House (photo: Kam Leung)

The series will air on Channel 4 in the run up to Christmas, but dates are not yet confirmed.

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