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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.

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News

Latest news from The Royal Parks
15 July 2019
Public consultations on the Greenwich Park Revealed project.
14 July 2019
The Royal Parks Movement Strategy Survey Deadline 14 July
8 July 2019
Bandstand Concerts
18 June 2019
Old Royal Naval College Consultation
17 June 2019
Jazz in the Park
14 June 2019
The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park is now open.
31 May 2019
Dawn Chorus Bird Walk
5 May 2019

Latest news from The Royal Parks

15 July 2019

"The Royal Parks was asked by the government and the GLA to look at the possibility of creating a Fan Zone to screen key Euro 2020 matches in one of our parks. Having completed a site feasibility study and taking into account the major events and ceremonial occasions already taking place in the parks in June and July nest year, we can confirm that we will be hosting the screening in Greenwich Park (in the Queens Field?).” See here for more details. There are two dates when the details can be viewed. – Tues 23 July between 2pm and 9pm, and Wednesday 31 July, between 11am to 4 pm, at the Greenwich Forum on Trafalgar Road.


Public consultations on the Greenwich Park Revealed project.

14 July 2019

Come to view and comment on the plans for the new Learning Centre, Vanbrugh Cafe and courtyard proposed as part of the Greenwich Park Revealed project. Award winning architects, Architype, will be on hand to answer questions about their designs. The public consultations will be held between the Pavilion Cafe and the Bandstand on Thursday 25 and Sunday 28 July from 11am to 5pm.


The Royal Parks Movement Strategy Survey Deadline 14 July

8 July 2019

The Royal Parks is developing a new long term movement strategy setting out how park visitors will move within, access and experience the parks in future.
Among the things they want to do is to increase safety for park users and reduce the impact of cars in the parks.
They have issued a discussion paper which sets out seven principles and invites input on these via a survey. Please click here to view the discussion paper and also the survey which must be completed by 14 July. We do encourage you to participate whatever your views are on walking, through traffic, cycling, public transport etc.
A further public consultation will take place in the autumn on the draft strategy, which will have been produced taking the initial comments into account.


Bandstand Concerts

18 June 2019

The Friends of Greenwich Park are organising and paying for a full programme of Sunday afternoon concerts at the Greenwich Park bandstand throughout July and August.

Concerts are free and start at 3 o'clock.

Saturday 22 June:   Greenwich Schools Bands

Sunday 23 June:      Countrypolitan Band

Sunday 30 June:       Here To Havana    

Sunday 7 July:          KIX Jazz Orchestra

Sunday 14 July:       Heroes Band 

Sunday 21 July:       Meantime Band

Sunday 28 July:       South London Jazz Orchestra                                                           & Live Band Lindy

Sunday 4 August:    Silver Ghosts

Sunday 11 August:  Shady Scandals  

Sunday 18 August:   The Old Jelly Rollers

Sunday 25 August:    Greenwich Concert Band

Monday 26 August:   Galaxy Big Band


Old Royal Naval College Consultation

17 June 2019

Having recently reopened the restored Painted Hall, the Old Royal Naval College (ORNC) is seeking the views of local people on its future strategy and plans. A survey seeking your opinions is open until 30 June. It asks questions about the events and activities you might want to see at the ORNC as well as views of their brand and name. If you would like to contribute your thoughts please click here to take part.


Jazz in the Park

14 June 2019

The Friend’s annual Midsummer Jazz Concert has become one of the highlights of our year in the Park. Once again it will feature the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, who will be supported by the Crooks Saxophone Quartet. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.

Gardens open from 12.00 pm on Sunday 16 June, concert starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30 pm.

Our sponsors, Davy's of Greenwich, will run a bar, and the Park's Pavilion Cafe will have a stall selling food, ice cream and soft drinks.

Just a reminder that seating is not available in the Garden, so do bring a rug or chair if you don’t want to sit directly on the grass. Please note that dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted in the Garden.  This is an event for the whole family.

Tickets bought on the gate on the day are £7. Under-16s are free.

Tickets are non-refundable if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.


 


The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park is now open.

31 May 2019

The Orchard has been lovingly restored with the inclusion of heritage fruit trees, new gates, pathways and ponds.

Opening Times

On Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10.30 am to 4.45 pm, closed for lunch between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm. Last entry at 4.20 pm.

On Wednesday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 4.45 pm. Last entry 4.20 pm.

 Thanks to the help of local volunteers, schools and members of the Friends of Greenwich Park, the Orchard - which dates back to the 17th century - features a whole host of attractions for park visitors to enjoy. Managed by The Royal Parks, the restoration work to the Orchard contains local influences throughout, with local artist Heather Burrell, along with pupils from The John Roan Secondary and Meridian Primary Schools and the Friends of Greenwich Park designing the single metal decorative gate, which contains the name of the Orchard, and the well covering found just inside the entrance. Dating back to the 1500's the heritage fruit trees, which were planted by volunteers in 2011 and 2013, include: apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, apricot, nectarine, medlar and quince. Pathways have been restored, raised planting beds using timber and brick have been installed, plus two ponds, a formal pond at the centre of the vegetable area and an informal pond by the fruit tree meadow. The Queen's Orchard volunteers working with The Royal Parks, have cultivated the beds, planted and tended a variety of vegetable and flowers. The Orchard's name was found on records dating back 1693 and has been incorporated into the new decorative gate.


Dawn Chorus Bird Walk

5 May 2019

The Dawn Chorus bird walk on May 5th went off without a hitch on - nobody lost! There were 31 attendees. A few had changed their plans, could not come, over slept and one forgot. It would have been 39 which is quite impressive for a 4.00 am start. The chorus actually started at 4.30 and gradually built up, with Joseph Beale naming them as they joined in.  We were lucky enough to see a tawny owl, sitting initially in an oak tree causing all the birds to be in alarm mode. It then flew off. We left the park at 5.30 am.
We are very grateful to Joseph Beale, Mick Miller and Julia Holland for helping with the identification.