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.

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News

Car Park Re-Opening Today
14 July 2020
The Royal Parks Launches Movement Strategy
10 July 2020
Greenwich Park Playground Open
9 July 2020
Bandstand Concerts cancelled
2 July 2020
Toilets
29 June 2020
Flower Garden is open
26 June 2020
Park Closing Time
4 June 2020
Closure of the Wildlife Centre
19 May 2020
Concerts in the Park this Summer
14 May 2020

Car Park Re-Opening Today

14 July 2020

The car park opened today. It will be open from Monday to Friday 07.00 to 16.00. It will be closed at weekends and Bank holidays.

The through road remains closed.


The Royal Parks Launches Movement Strategy

10 July 2020

Following wide-ranging consultation and input from thousands of members of the public, transport partners and local boroughs, The Royal Parks charity has today launched its Movement Strategy. and has announced details of five projects it intends to trial later in the year.

In line with the Movement Strategy, all the trials seek to restrict cut through motor traffic on park roads and create new spaces for park visitors to enjoy.

Reducing the volume of cut-through traffic in the parks has long been an aspiration for The Royal Parks. As a result of the current Covid-19 crisis, the parks have been temporarily fully closed or partially closed to motor vehicles since the end of March, therefore most of the measures listed below are already in place.

The trials include:

  • In Bushy Park, restricting all through traffic with a partial road closure between Teddington and Hampton Court Gates
  • In St James’s and Green Parks, closing the Mall and Constitution Hill to traffic on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures
  • In Greenwich Park, a full-time closure of the Avenue to cut through vehicle traffic
  • In Hyde Park, trial closures of North Carriage Drive permanently, and South Carriage Drive on Saturdays, in addition to the regular Sunday closures
  • In Richmond Park, reducing cut through motor vehicles (with more details to follow).

Mat Bonomi, Head of Transport for The Royal Parks, said: “Our Movement Strategy sets a clear vision for how we will manage our parks now and into the future. We know there is a lot of interest in what we will do next, particularly after the Covid-enforced road restrictions, so we are informing you now of our planned trials for later in the year.

It is clear that the role parks play in the health and happiness of our cities has never been more important than it is now, and for that reason we are accelerating the implementation of a series of trial projects across six of our parks. Our parks have been a lifeline for Londoners during the pandemic and, with more people than ever walking and cycling in London, these trials will be a chance for Londoners to continue to enjoy new car-free areas of the parks.

As the charity managing over 5,000 acres of historic parkland and green space across London, we must ensure that we conserve and enhance these unique spaces and support the health and happiness of Londoners now and in the future.”

The Royal Parks’ Movement Strategy sets a coherent framework to help shape and inform the policies relating to how park visitors can access, experience and move within the parks. The trials will last for six months and will not formally start until the car parks are fully re-opened. We will announce the start date of the trials and consultation period as soon as is possible. To stay informed of the process and progress of the trials, people are encouraged to sign up to the Movement Strategy mailing list: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/movement.

To download the Strategy and for more information on the trials, visit www.royalparks.org.uk/movement.


Greenwich Park Playground Open

9 July 2020

Please avoid using the playground when it is busy in order to maintain social distancing, and please adhere to the signage at the gates. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please bring your own hand sanitiser and use it before and after you have touched any surfaces in the playground

Please note: It is not possible to guarantee that the playground is secure from Covid-19 and visitors use it at their own risk.


Bandstand Concerts cancelled

2 July 2020

The Royal Parks Board has decided, because of the continuing Covid-19 situation, to cancel musical events in all the Royal Parks for the rest of 2020. This sadly means that our bandstand concerts scheduled for August will not take place.


Toilets

29 June 2020

From Saturday 4th July, the following public toilets will be open in Greenwich Park. They will be open between 12.00 and 19.00:

The Avenue

Blackheath Gate

Pavilion Cafe

All remaining toilets (apart from those in playgrounds) will open during the week commencing 6th July.

The playground remains closed.


Flower Garden is open

26 June 2020

We're pleased to let you know that the Flower Garden in Greenwich Park is now open. The gardeners have been hard at work over the last couple of months and we're looking forward to welcoming people back.


Park Closing Time

4 June 2020

The park has been extremely busy especially over the Bank Holiday weekend. The police and Gavin Jones are working extremely hard to enforce park regulations & social distancing and litter collection respectively.


The Park closing time changed to 9.00pm on 1st June.

The Rose Garden has been opened. Wolfe kiosk and the Pavilion Café are open for takeaway.

Toilets remain closed across all the parks, but the Avenue toilets will open from midweek next week, 12.00 noon to 7 pm.

The Flower Garden remains closed.

You can keep up to date with the latest coronavirus measures in The Royal Parks here


Closure of the Wildlife Centre

19 May 2020

In the light of the current CV19 situation, drop-in sessions at the Wildlife Cemtre will not take place. The Wildlife Centre is small and it would be difficult for visitors to be well spaced out, thus risking the health of visitors and the volunteers.

The situation will be kept under review and we will announce any further changes on the website and on the notice boards In Greenwich Park.


Concerts in the Park this Summer

14 May 2020

The decision has just been made by the Royal Parks Board to cancel all events in all the Royal Parks for the month of June. Sadly this means that our concerts in that month – the Midsummer Jazz in the Observatory Garden on Sunday 21 June and the Bandstand concerts on 27 and 28 June; will not take place. As of now, the bandstand concerts in July and August still stand, and decisions on those will await further announcements in due course by the Royal Parks Board.