The Royal Parks staff and Friends Volunteers provide a range of activities and events, some specifically for children and others directed to the general public, some of which may interest children.
Sunday morning bird walks
Usually once a month. Meet at the Blackheath Gate at 8am in spring and summer; 8.30am in the autumn and winter. For dates and times, check the Current Events section of this web site or the notice boards in the Park office and in the Pavilion Tea House.
The Friends have organised an Annual Lecture in late winter or early spring since 1994. Topics are linked to Greenwich Park and related interests. The 2014 Annual Lecture was given by Jane Sidell on Queen Elizabeth's Oak
Past lecturers have included Greenwich-based writer Lindsey Davis, author of the ‘Falco’ Roman detective stories; historian Dr David Starkey on the Tudors in Greenwich; architect Sir Terry Farrell on the need for a new Royal Park for the Thames Gateway; naval historian Dr Colin White on the importance of Lord Nelson’s management style at the Battle of Trafalgar and, in 2006, former politician and collector of 18th century political cartoons, Lord Kenneth Baker, on George IV, Cad or Catalyst?
The Wildlife Centre
The Wildlife Centre is open regularly for a ‘Drop In’ on the last Saturday of the month from 10am to 3pm (4pm in the summer). Members of the Friends of Greenwich Park Wildlife Group are there to promote an interest in wildlife in the Park, to answer questions and to exchange information with visitors. Wildlife-related children’s activities are provided.
The new Nature Trail and Deer Hide overlooking the Deer Park were officially opened by Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP in March 2008. They are open for guided tours by members of the Friends of Greenwich Park Wildlife Group on Drop In days.
The Wildlife Centre is also opened for special events such as the annual Open Day (usually in the Easter school holidays) and the RSPB’s Big Garden Bird Watch at the end of January and Feed the Birds event in October. Events are publicised on the Friends notice boards at the Blackheath Gate and in the Pavilion Tea House.
The Wildlife Centre can also be booked for children’s parties. Contact the Greenwich Park office (Tel: 020 8858 2608) for details.
Nature Trail Dig-In
Over the last couple of years a group of volunteers has helped with removing unwanted invasive species in the Nature Trail and planting appropriate native specimens. This is a continuing project. The last Friday of the month at 9.30am has been chosen to get on with this work. If you have not been involved before, do come along. Equipment is provided as well as refreshments. We normally work until about 12.30pm, but you can arrive later or peel off early if need be. We meet up at the Wildlife Centre. If you have not done this before and want to know more, please contact Sue Yates on 020 8692 1760.
The Queen's Orchard
The Queen's Orchard is open to the public on Sunday afternoons during the Summer from 1 pm to 4 pm.
Located in the north eastern corner of the Park, near the Maze Hill entrance, the Queens Orchard was first open to visitors in 2013. The aim was to create a garden with educational value, to show people how to grow a wide range of vegetables and also to grow older varieties of fruit trees to reflect the historic nature of the site. There are ornamental and wildlife ponds, a long lavender bed and a mound in the centre with an old mulberry tree. Soon four beehives will be added at the far end of the Orchard, with plans for beekeeping demonstrations.
The Field Studies Council will be working with local schools on the vegetable plots whilst anyone who would like to volunteer to work on the plots can just come along at 1.30pm on the Wednesdays listed on the website.