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.

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

Jazz in the Park
23 May 2017
The Wildlife Centre Drop In on 27th May has been cancelled.
22 May 2017
Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.
21 May 2017
The 25th AGM takes place on 22 May 2017
4 May 2017
Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - May 11th and May 14th
1 May 2017
Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2017 – looking for volunteers
30 April 2017
Please Tread Lightly in Richmond Park
25 April 2017
Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - March 9th and March 12th
5 March 2017

Jazz in the Park

23 May 2017

The Friend’s annual Midsummer Jazz Concert has become one of the highlights of our year in the Park. Once again it will feature the Phoenix Dixieland Jazz Band, who will be supported by the talented local youngsters of the Greenwich Steel Band. This is an event for the whole family, held in the Observatory Gardens.

Gardens open from 12.00 pm on Sunday 18 June, concert starts at 12.30pm and finishes at 3.30 pm.

Our sponsors, Davy's of Greenwich, will run a bar, and the Park's Pavilion Cafe will have a stall selling food, ice cream and soft drinks.

Adults £5 in advance (£7 on the gate), under 16 free.

Tickets from Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, Greenwich, SE10 9LT. Tel 020 8853 2150. Cheques payable to Friends of Greenwich Park. Please enclose a sae.

Tickets are non-refundable if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.

Midsummer Jazz Concert tickets

 


The Wildlife Centre Drop In on 27th May has been cancelled.

22 May 2017

Organised by the Friends Wildlife Group on behalf of The Royal Parks, the Centre is opened regularly on the last Saturday of the month.  Watch any wildlife that is passing by. Information on wildlife in Greenwich Park and wildlife-related craft activities for youngsters. Guided tours of the Nature Trail and Deer Hide. If you would be interested in helping to run these drop-ins, please come along to the next session and speak to one of the volunteers. They can give you details and tell you all about it.


Bird Watching for Beginners-But Experts welcome.

21 May 2017

The Friends are pleased to announce that Julia Holland has offered to lead the Sunday Morning Bird Walks in the absence of David Morris. They will start at  8.30am and she will help the guests to identify the birds that are seen or heard.

The first walk is on 11th June at 8.30 am.
Dates will be publicised by poster and on the Friends of Greenwich Park website.

There are no charges and booking is not required: just turn up at the Blackheath Gate. If at all possible, please bring along binoculars because this will improve your experience enormously.


The 25th AGM takes place on 22 May 2017

4 May 2017

After the AGM, Graham Dear, Park Manager, will outline some of the work undertaken in Greenwich Park and take questions on the Heritage Lottery Fund bid.

Howe Lecture Theatre, Queen Anne Building, University of Greenwich

The AGM will commence at 8pm, and finish around 9.30pm.

Wine and soft drinks will be served from 7.30pm.

(Members only)

Officers and committee members proposed and seconded for the coming year are:

Chairman: Liz Coyle

Vice-Chairman: Richard Jones

Committee Members: 

Sophie Spencer and Brian Starkey stand for election. Tony Butler, Tina Challacombe and Sue Yates stand for re-election. Jonathan Chandler and Clive Corlett continue to serve. The committee confirms the appointments of Christine Bevan as Secretary, Julie Punter as Treasurer and Fran Tyler as Membership Secretary.  

 

 

 


Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - May 11th and May 14th

1 May 2017

Managers at Greenwich Park want to bring its incredible 590-year history to life and improve its iconic features for its visitors, including its stunning London skyline view. Proposals are now being drawn up for the Greenwich Park Revealed project, which is hoped will attract millions of pounds of Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund investment – in the same way The Royal Parks’ Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project secured £4.5million. Greenwich Park is the most historic of the Royal Parks, and was enclosed in 1433, but it dates back to the Roman times. As well as a Grade 1 listed landscape, it is, more importantly, recognised as one of the planet’s most important areas set within a World Heritage Site.

Two open days will be held this month as part of the consutative process:

Thursday 11 May at St Mary's Gate from 3 pm to 7 pm

Sunday 14 May at Great Cross Avenue (near the Pavilion Tea House) from 10 am to 4 pm

To read more details about the project and to share your views via an online suggestion box, visit the Greenwich Park Revealed Project page

 


Greenwich + Docklands International Festival 2017 – looking for volunteers

30 April 2017

Greenwich + Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is an outdoor theatre and performing arts festival that runs across various locations in the boroughs of Greenwich and Tower Hamlets from 23 June to 8 July. The organisers are looking for 100 volunteers to help audiences and performing artists to have the best possible time and to make this festival of outdoor arts a memorable event. In particular, locally to the Park, they are looking for Festival Volunteers from 23 – 25 June to help at their Greenwich Day and Night Fair taking place in Greenwich Park, Cutty Sark Gardens and the Old Royal Naval College and at the evening performances of A View from the Bridge, a new adaptation of the Arthur Miller play taking place in the Greenwich Peninsula.
You can find out more about GDIF at http://www.festival.org . If you are interested in being a volunteer, the role description as well as the link to register is at http://www.festival.org/about/involved.  If you would like to ask further questions you can contact Cleo Ingham volunteer@festival.org  or 020 8305 5023.


Please Tread Lightly in Richmond Park

25 April 2017

Richmond Park – National Nature Reserve is a new film by the Friends of Richmond Park, presented and narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
“Richmond Park is not just a local park it's London's own National Nature Reserve with thousands of species of flora and fauna” Sir David explains, “but with 5.5 million visitors each year, the Park is under immense pressure. However, as visitors we can all help to protect it through simple actions so that it will remain a wonderful place for the enjoyment of future generations”.  

A message from Ron Crompton, Richard Gray & the Friends of Richmond Park:

"We want Sir David's message to be heard clearly throughout London:
'Please Tread Lightly in Richmond Park'

We'd really appreciate it if you could please share the links with friends and family and through as much social media as you have access to.

We're delighted to say the film will be broadcast this evening, Wednesday 26th April on London Live (Freeview Channel 8) at 7pm and again this Sunday 30th April at 11.30 am.  You can also view the film online via three options:
• through our website, click the link 
• via the special film website
• or directly on YouTube
There's a short version of the film specifically for mobile phone and tablet users or those who just want to watch highlights/clips with key messages.  This is also available on YouTube now."


Greenwich Park Revealed Open Days - March 9th and March 12th

5 March 2017

Managers at Greenwich Park want to bring its incredible 590-year history to life and improve its iconic features for its visitors, including its stunning London skyline view. Proposals are now being drawn up for the Greenwich Park Revealed project, which is hoped will attract millions of pounds of Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund investment – in the same way The Royal Parks’ Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project secured £4.5million. Greenwich Park is the most historic of the Royal Parks, and was enclosed in 1433, but it dates back to the Roman times. As well as a Grade 1 listed landscape, it is, more importantly, recognised as one of the planet’s most important areas set within a World Heritage Site.

Two open days will be held this week as part of the consutative process:

Thursday 9 March at Vanbrugh Park Gate from 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday 12 March at Great Cross Avenue (near the Pavilion Tea House) from 10 am to 4 pm

To read more details about the project and to share your views via an online suggestion box, visit the Greenwich Park Revealed Project page