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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.
RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH
RSPB BIG GARDEN BIRD WATCH
Come along to our drop- in on Saturday 28th January, frpm 1 pm to 3 pm, for information on the Bird Watch which takes place this weekend.
More information on the RSPB website.
Nature Trail Dig-In for January CANCELLED
The Dig-In scheduled for 27th January has been cancelled.
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. They also helped planting the replacement hedge after the Leylandii along the fence in the Flower Garden had been removed. 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.
Next Dig-In scheduled for 24th February.
Greenwich Park Revealed Open Day
Managers at Greenwich Park want to bring its incredible 590-year history to life and improve its iconic features for its visitors, including its stunning London skyline view. Proposals are now being drawn up for the Greenwich Park Revealed project, which is hoped will attract millions of pounds of Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund investment – in the same way The Royal Parks’ Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project secured £4.5million. Greenwich Park is the most historic of the Royal Parks, and was enclosed in 1433, but it dates back to the Roman times. As well as a Grade 1 listed landscape, it is, more importantly, recognised as one of the planet’s most important areas set within a World Heritage Site.
Two open days will be held this week as part of the consutative process:
Sunday 22 January at The Bandstand from 10 am to 4 pm
Wednesday 25 January at Park Row Gate from 10 am to 4 pm
To read more details about the project and to share your views via an online suggestion box, visit the Greenwich Park Revealed Project page
Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.
The Friends are pleased to announce that David Morris has offered to lead the Sunday Morning Bird Walks. They will start at 8.30am and he will help the guests to identify the birds that are seen or heard.
The first three walks are planned for 8th January (9.00am), 5th February and 12th March.
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
New Royal Parks Charity Trustees Announced
The names of the first trustees who will lead the new Royal Parks charity have been announced by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The four trustees are:
Ruth Anderson, Heather Blackman, Wesley Kerr OBE and Charles D Z Martin.
More details on the trustees can be found on the Government's website.
In addition, Sir Andrew Ford will represent the Royal Household in an ex-officio capacity.
Other trustee appointments, including those from the Greater London Authority (GLA), are expected to be made in due course.
Earlier this year, Loyd Grossman was appointed Chairman of the new charity.
Related content: Read about plans to launch a new Royal Parks charity.
Letter from the Chairs of the Royal Parks Friends in The Times
The attached letter has been published in today's Times, together with an associated news story on page 3.
The continuing vibrant development of London is to be applauded. But it must be balanced with preserving the city’s legacy of green spaces and historic sites, which make London such an attractive place to live, work and visit. This balance is being lost.
The latest exemplar is the view from King Henry VIII’s Mound in Richmond Park to St Paul’s, created in 1710 and protected from building development for many years. The 42-storey luxurious Manhattan Loft Gardens development at Stratford, beyond St Paul’s, now looms over the shoulder of the famous dome and grows higher by the week.
The building received planning permission, endorsed by the GLA, in 2011. There was local consultation but none with the Chapter of St Paul’s, Historic England, The Royal Parks, Richmond Council or us. We only discovered it three weeks ago, as the building emerged into the view.
The Stratford development breaches the intent and possibly the letter of the view’s protection and should not have been proposed by the developer or approved by the GLA. It undermines the whole system of London’s protected views and the Mayor should urgently investigate how permission was given.
Five of London’s protected views are from Royal Parks (two from Primrose Hill and one each from Richmond, Greenwich and Hyde Parks). With the massive developments taking place in London their protection needs reinforcing. They should not be cast away by ill-judged planning decisions. Once given up, they will be lost forever.
Chair, Friends of Richmond Park
Chair, Friends of Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill
Chair, Friends of Greenwich Park
Chair, Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens
Chair, Friends of Bushy Park
Thorney Island Soc (St James’s and The Green Parks)'
Further information is on the Friends of Richmond Park website.