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.
Birds of Greenwich Park
Birds of Greenwich Park
The Birds of Greenwich Park is a unique photographic and narrative description of the bird life in and over Greenwich Park, covering both the present day and the history going back to the mid 19th century. This book contains many wonderful images contributed by notable wildlife photographers but is also full of expert content, drawing on the work of generations of bird observers.
The author, Joe Beale, a local wildlife enthusiast, has worked closely with park management to improve the ecology in the park for many years. He is a Fellow of the British Naturalists’ Association and was part of the Natural History Museum’s Identification Trainers for the Future scheme in 2016-17 and later the ecologist running their Wildlife Garden. Joe has contributed to and pulled together years of data in this lavishly illustrated 84 page book.
Appealing to everyone from beginner birdwatchers to experienced observers, it makes a perfect gift and is available to buy here in a pack to include the Walking Through History booklet, cost £8.
Christmas Tree Sales
This year On Cloud Pine will be providing the trees for sale in The Royal Parks. The Greenwich Park store, with a large range of trees to choose from, will be situated as usual close to the Blackheath Gate daily from 26 November to 23 December from 8 am to 6 pm. Just present your membership card when making your payment to get your 15% discount.
New planting in the Rose Garden
The Rose Garden is much loved but the design was very traditional, being exclusively roses, many of which were past their best. Unfortunately you can’t plant a new rose into soil that previously held an old one so the Park redesigned the area this year to mix roses with other flowers. Part of this redesign saw the two long beds at the cherry avenue entrance to the Rose Garden replanted with a mix of flowers to see what visitors felt about the potential ‘new look’. In addition, in some of the beds where the roses were worn out, lovely wildflower seeds were sown. These beds have been very well received and there have been requests to know more about the seeds. The two mixes were Classic and Aqua The gardeners hope to label the beds next year and to ask visitors to declare their favourite mix.
The Royal Parks launches consultation on plans to reduce cut-through motor traffic on park roads
The Royal Parks charity is inviting local residents, park visitors and partners to take part in a formal consultation on plans to create new spaces for park visitors and reduce the volume of cut-through vehicle traffic in the parks. The consultation will open on 16 November 2020 and run for 8 weeks until 10 January 2021. The charity began five trials across six of the Royal Parks to close sections of roads on 15 August. This includes making The Mall car-free on weekends during daylight hours and opening up new car-free spaces for visitors to enjoy the natural environment. The trials will last six months, concluding in February 2021. Drivers can park in car parks as usual although access routes to certain car parks are restricted. These trials follow the launch of The Royal Parks’ Movement Strategy in February. A Royal Parks spokesperson said: “We would like to make sure everyone, including residents, visitors and our partners, has a chance to share their views on these important trials and we urge everyone to take part in the consultation, between now and January.” The trials will also be measured and monitored by collating park stakeholder feedback, facilitating park visitor satisfaction surveys (if possible with COVID restrictions) and undertaking an evaluation of the external implications of our trials in partnership with relevant transport authorities (e.g. TfL and local boroughs). To participate in the formal consultation, click here
Parking charges increased
The cost of parking in the Park increased from 22 October as follows.
- 50p per quarter of an hour or £2.00 an hour on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays
- 35p per quarter of an hour or £1.40 an hour on Monday to Friday inclusive
This is a most unwelcome change but we are not singled out – The Royal Parks have made increases across all their parks.
The Royal Parks Online Survey
The Royal Parks have produced an online visitor experience survey to better understand their audiences and their needs. They want to present information about and in The Royal Parks in a more consistent, coherent and engaging manner. Please complete the survey which is available here
The Royal Parks Guild
The Royal Parks Guild have produced a 'Special Edition Newsletter' for circulation to members of Royal Parks friends groups.
Please click here to see this newsletter.
TRP creates car-free spaces for visitors
The Royal Parks charity (TRP) has begun five important trials to reduce cut-through motor traffic on park roads. This includes making The Mall car-free on weekends during daylight hours, and opening up new car-free spaces for visitors to enjoy the natural environment.
The trials across six of the Royal Parks to close sections of roads will begin on 15th August and will last six months, concluding in February 2021. Drivers will be able to park in car parks as usual although access routes to certain car parks will be restricted.
Reducing cut-through traffic has long been an aspiration. As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the parks have been closed or partially closed to motor vehicles since the end of March and many of the proposed trial measures are already in place.
These trials follow the launch of TRP’s Movement Strategy in July, which set a coherent framework to help shape and inform the policies relating to how park visitors can access, experience and move within the parks and incorporated wide-ranging consultation across thousands of members of the public, transport partners and local Boroughs.
The trial details are as follows:
Greenwich Park: A full-time closure of the Avenue to vehicle traffic.
Bushy Park: A full-time closure of part of Chestnut Avenue between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates to motor vehicles.
Hyde Park: A full-time closure of North Carriage Drive. An additional trial of an extended closure on South Carriage Drive (between Prince of Wales Gate and Queen Elizabeth Gate) on Saturdays, in addition to the current Sunday closures.
St James’s Park and The Green Park:Closing The Mall and Constitution Hill to traffic on Saturdays until dusk, in addition to the regular Sunday and Bank Holiday closures. There is no public parking at these parks.
Richmond Park: On weekdays, restricting all through-traffic between Broomfield Hill Car Park and Robin Hood Car Park and a full-time closure of the vehicle link between Sheen Gate and Sheen Cross. Additionally, on weekends the trial will restrict all cut-through traffic between Roehampton, Sheen and Richmond Gates to create a quiet zone on the north side of the park.