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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.

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

Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.
18 September 2018
All eight Royal Parks up for prestigious ‘People’s Choice’ Award
10 September 2018
Greenwich Park Catering Survey
20 August 2018
The History Group Meeting Cancelled
17 August 2018

Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.

18 September 2018

The Friends are pleased to confirm that the bird walks will resume in the Autumn. This is an interesting time of year as birds are on the move. Julia Holland will lead the Sunday Morning Bird Walks on 30 September, 25 November and 30 December. David Morris will lead a walk in October but the date is still to be confirmed (details will be available on the Friends' notice boards).  These guided walks are free and you don't need to book. Just turn up at  8.30am at the Blackheath Gate. If at all possible, please bring along binoculars because this will improve your experience enormously.


All eight Royal Parks up for prestigious ‘People’s Choice’ Award

10 September 2018

Park visitors across the UK are being given the chance to decide which Green Flag parks and green spaces should receive a People’s Choice Award for being the UK’s favourites.
In July this year, the experts had their say and all eight of the Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, Green Park, The Regent’s Park, Greenwich Park, Richmond Park and Bushy Parks - succeeded in retaining their Green Flag status with some of the highest marks awarded in the scheme.
Now, it is up to the nation to choose which 10 parks and green spaces should receive a coveted People’s Choice award.
Simon Richards, Head of Parks Operations at The Royal Parks, said: “Whether you enjoy visiting our parks to soak up the historic natural environment, enjoy world-class events, exercise in beautiful surroundings or simply get away from the hustle and bustle of London, now’s your chance to celebrate your incredible park by voting for it to be recognised as one of the nation’s favourites.”
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award Manager, added: “The People’s Choice award is a chance to show how much your favourite park means to you. If it’s worth shouting about, make your voice heard and vote now.”
Voters can visit www.greenflagaward.org to find all of the Royal Parks on the winner’s map and click the voting button. Once the vote has been registered, people are invited to encourage others to get involved through social media using the hashtag #PeoplesChoice.
Voting is open now and closes on 30 September, with the top 10 sites being announced on 16 October.

VOTE NOW


Greenwich Park Catering Survey

20 August 2018

A survey of the catering facilities in the Park will be conducted in August.  It is part of the current bid for HLF/BIG Lottery funding for the Greenwich Park Revealed project and will inform the Park’s catering strategy for the next 5 - 10 years and decisions made as part of the project. For this reason, The Royal Parks should like to encourage as many of the Friends as possible to take part in the survey, which will take only 5 - 7 minutes to complete. It is available here

Please encourage anyone who uses the Park to participate. There will also be staff in the Park inviting people to answer the questionnaire.

On a related note, the contract to provide catering within the Park is currently being tendered and a new catering concessionaire will take over the catering in November.     

If you have any difficulty in accessing the survey, please contact Sean Morris by email: smorris@royalparks.org.uk.


The History Group Meeting Cancelled

17 August 2018

The next meeting that was provisionally scheduled for 11 am on 7 September in the Wildlife Centre has been cancelled.