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Park Closing Times
Park Closing Times
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 changes 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. Discussions are ongoing centrally.
The Flower Garden remains closed.
May Newsletter from The Royal Parks
We hope you and your loved ones are keeping well.
We're pleased to say that with your help our parks remain open for everyone who needs them. Thank you for the role you've played - the kind replies to emails, helping to share our messages on social media, following the rules when you're out in the parks - it's made a real difference in a challenging time.
The challenge isn't over yet. In response to the Government's latest lockdown update we'll be doing everything we can to allow people to continue visiting our parks safely. Your support is greatly appreciated.
As with last month we've been trying to bring the best of the Royal Parks to everyone that's missing them at the moment. We're really pleased to have launched a realistic digital recreation of the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, which opened its doors on 1st May 1851.
Even more exciting is the announcement of our very own podcast. The first episode takes you behind the scenes with our Wildlife Officer Hugh Smith, who counts feeding the pelicans in St James's Park amongst his varied duties. We've also got a stunning video from the closed Isabella Plantation.
As always we'd love to hear your feedback, so please don't hesitate to get in touch via email@example.com or on Twitter.
Everyone at The Royal Parks
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.
Latest Royal Parks’ Update
We have received this further update from The Royal Parks.
"You will have seen that Boris Johnson has set very clear guidelines for us all over the coming few weeks which will mean effectively a lockdown for the UK with tight restrictions on movements. He did confirm that parks can stay open, for essential daily exercise, be that a walk, run or cycle.
People are permitted to exercise once a day, either alone or with members of their immediate household, but all other gatherings in the parks of more than two people are banned and will be dispersed by the police.
If you're visiting a park to get your essential daily exercise, please:
• Stay at least 2m away from each other
• Avoid all gatherings - no more than two people together
• Don't drive to our parks or use public transport
We believe that now more than ever, we play a vital role in the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation and, by following these rules, we can keep London's parks open for everyone who needs them.
To help people visit our parks safely we've made a number of changes that you can read about on our website."
Do please pass this message on to others.
Royal Parks’ Update
We have received the following update from The Royal Parks on their latest coronavirus response:
“The Royal Parks remain open and are vitally important at this time. However, social distancing, as set out by the Government, is absolutely crucial. We have, therefore, taken the decision to close all our cafes and kiosks with immediate effect as people are not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
We have also made the decision, based on police advice, to close roads to traffic in the outer parks; Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks. (Gates remain open for pedestrians and cyclists).
We will keep this situation under constant review. If people do not follow social distancing guidelines, we will have no choice but to consider closing the parks.”
Please do observe the distancing guidelines so that the Park remains open.
You can keep up to date with developments at www.royalparks.org.uk/coronavirus. Do please pass this message on to others.
History Research Group Meetings CANCELLED
The next meeting of the History Research Group has been cancelled.
The date of the next meeting will be determined as soon as rapidly changing circumstances allow.