News



To keep our members informed about latest news and events we update this website frequently.  News item headlines are listed in order of publication - most recent on top. Click the headline to see the full item.

Members also receive the Friends Newsletter, printed and sent out (or delivered - by Friends volunteers) 3 times a year. It presents the most relevant news items as well as details of forthcoming events. The front page of the most recent edition is on this website under Newsletter.

News

A visit to the Brompton Cemetery
5 April 2019
International Dawn Chorus Day 2019
4 April 2019
Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - April 11th and 14th
3 April 2019
Blackheath Gate Improvements
27 March 2019
Final phase of playground improvements begins
27 March 2019
From the World War One Battlefields & into the Peace
15 March 2019
Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.
18 February 2019
Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - February 21st and 24th
4 February 2019

A visit to the Brompton Cemetery

5 April 2019

We have been generously offered a tour of the Brompton Cemetery by its Friends group on 28 May at 11am. The cemetery, which is managed by The Royal Parks, has recently undergone a major restoration project, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery and BIG Lottery funds, which has returned the spectacular chapel to its original glory and among other improvements provided a new cafe and visitor centre. Opened in 1840, this Grade I listed site, where over 206,000 people are buried, covers 40 acres containing what is probably the country’s finest architectural funerary complex. It is also a Conservation Area and a designated site of nature conservation interest. The visit, lasting about one and a half hours, will cost £5. Please book early as places are limited, complete and return the booking form.


International Dawn Chorus Day 2019

4 April 2019

A person called Chris Baines decided to invite his friends to his birthday party at 4am to hear the dawn chorus. Great idea! That was in Birmingham in the 1980’s. This wonderful idea has now spread globally and takes place on the first Sunday in May which is approximately when the chorus reaches its peak. Now there are all sorts of feeds you can link into to hear the chorus travel round the world with the sun. But is it as good as the real thing?

The Friends of Greenwich Park have run such an event in the past, and one is now planned for Sunday 5 May. There will be a number of experts to help us identify the birds as each species in its turn joins the chorus. We will meet outside the Blackheath Gate. Parking is free along Charlton Way on Sundays.    

If you would like to attend, please send in the enclosed form.  We need to have some idea of the numbers and be able to communicate with you. Going into the Park in the dark has to be treated seriously and only those on the list will be allowed in. The list will close a week before the event which is free of charge. 4.00am is, of course, a bit of a shock to the system, but I think it will be worth it.


Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - April 11th and 14th

3 April 2019

Greenwich Park Revealed is a hugely exciting project, supported by the Friends of Greenwich Park, that puts the park at the heart of local communities. This 590-year-old park has an incredible story to tell. Securing the HLF grant will bring the history of this World Heritage Site, with a Grade 1 Listed landscape and rich natural heritage to life, and enable us to conserve it for future generations.
Local residents and visitors to Greenwich Park are invited to attend a number of public consultations to find out more about proposals to protect and enhance the Royal Park for future generations. The meetings will also provide an opportunity for people to share their views on the proposed plans.
Four public consultations will be held near Greenwich Park’s bandstand.  These will take place on Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th February, and Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th April, 10am-4pm to seek local residents’ input on various aspects of the project, to help shape the park’s future.

To read more details about the project and to share your views via an online suggestion box, visit the Greenwich Park Revealed Project page

greenwich park revealed


Blackheath Gate Improvements

27 March 2019

On Thursday 28th March and Tuesday 2nd April The Highway Department of Greenwich Council are setting up a Gazebo just inside Blackheath Gate entrance as part of the consultation process on the proposed new layout of the roundabout area outside the park, where there are frequent cycle accidents. Details of proposals here


Final phase of playground improvements begins

27 March 2019

Idverde, the contractors commissioned to carry out the final phase of the playground improvements are about to start work. Fencing has now been installed to exclude public access from the boating lake end of the playground, but the rest will remain open throughout. The work, largely funded by the London Marathon Trust, is scheduled to finish by the end of May, subject to weather conditions.

 


From the World War One Battlefields & into the Peace

15 March 2019

A free exhibition. This exhibition describes, through images, living history and commemoration, the role that The Royal Parks and Royal Hospital Chelsea played during the First World War and the transition to demobilisation, as well as charting the Heritage Lottery funded World War One Project remembering these contributions 100 years later.

Friday 29 March to Sunday 31 March, 10 am to 4 pm.

Wren House, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SRj


Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.

18 February 2019

The Friends are pleased to announce that Julia Holland has offered to lead the Sunday Morning Bird Walks. They will start at  8.30am and she will help the guests to identify the birds that are seen or heard. Next walk on 24th February.
Dates will be publicised by poster and on the Friends of Greenwich Park website.
There are no charges and booking is not required: just turn up at the Blackheath Gate. If at all possible, please bring along binoculars because this will improve your experience enormously.

Mistle Thrush


Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - February 21st and 24th

4 February 2019

Greenwich Park Revealed is a hugely exciting project, supported by the Friends of Greenwich Park, that puts the park at the heart of local communities. This 590-year-old park has an incredible story to tell. Securing the HLF grant will bring the history of this World Heritage Site, with a Grade 1 Listed landscape and rich natural heritage to life, and enable us to conserve it for future generations.
Local residents and visitors to Greenwich Park are invited to attend a number of public consultations to find out more about proposals to protect and enhance the Royal Park for future generations. The meetings will also provide an opportunity for people to share their views on the proposed plans.
Four public consultations will be held near Greenwich Park’s bandstand.  These will take place on Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th February, and Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th April, 10am-4pm to seek local residents’ input on various aspects of the project, to help shape the park’s future.

To read more details about the project and to share your views via an online suggestion box, visit the Greenwich Park Revealed Project page

greenwich park revealed