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.
Bandstand Concerts cancelled
Bandstand Concerts cancelled
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.
From Saturday 4th July, the following public toilets will be open in Greenwich Park. They will be open between 12.00 and 19.00:
All remaining toilets (apart from those in playgrounds) will open during the week commencing 6th July.
The playground remains closed.
Flower Garden is open
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
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
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
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.
Postonement or Cancellation of Friends' and Park Events and Activities
Since the Friends’ latest Newsletter went to press, government and other advice and instructions in relation to the spread of coronavirus have moved on considerably. This means that it contains announcements of some events which have now been postponed or cancelled. The current situation is as follows.
The EURO2020 Fanzone is postponed for a year; the Bird Walk arranged for 16 May will not take place, while the meeting of the History Research Group scheduled for 6 June has been deferred. The Queen’s Orchard and the children’s playground have been closed to the public until further notice; and The Royal Parks’ community and education programmes and volunteer activities have been cancelled until further notice.
The Friends’ Committee has now decided that the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 4 May, should also be postponed until later in the year.
Our own summer concerts in the Observatory Garden and at the Bandstand are still due to go ahead, but the decision will be reviewed nearer the time in the light of the then situation.
In the meantime we shall keep you posted on any further developments. You can also check for Royal Parks’ updates here.
Do please pass this message on to any member whom you think may not be on our mailing list or have access to our website.
Park Closing Times
The current Greenwich Park closing time of 7pm will be maintained while the coronavirus measures are in place. A number of people are not following the social distancing guidelines and this will help the police cover one of the busiest times of the day.
For a similar reason, as well as the Flower Garden, The Rose Garden and the Herb Garden have now also been closed, as people have continued to congregate round the benches there.