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The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park is now open.
The Queen's Orchard in Greenwich Park is now open.
The Orchard has been lovingly restored with the inclusion of heritage fruit trees, new gates, pathways and ponds.
On Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10.30 am to 4.45 pm, closed for lunch between 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm. Last entry at 4.20 pm.
On Wednesday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 4.45 pm. Last entry 4.20 pm.
Thanks to the help of local volunteers, schools and members of the Friends of Greenwich Park, the Orchard - which dates back to the 17th century - features a whole host of attractions for park visitors to enjoy. Managed by The Royal Parks, the restoration work to the Orchard contains local influences throughout, with local artist Heather Burrell, along with pupils from The John Roan Secondary and Meridian Primary Schools and the Friends of Greenwich Park designing the single metal decorative gate, which contains the name of the Orchard, and the well covering found just inside the entrance. Dating back to the 1500's the heritage fruit trees, which were planted by volunteers in 2011 and 2013, include: apples, pears, cherries, plums, peaches, apricot, nectarine, medlar and quince. Pathways have been restored, raised planting beds using timber and brick have been installed, plus two ponds, a formal pond at the centre of the vegetable area and an informal pond by the fruit tree meadow. The Queen's Orchard volunteers working with The Royal Parks, have cultivated the beds, planted and tended a variety of vegetable and flowers. The Orchard's name was found on records dating back 1693 and has been incorporated into the new decorative gate.
Tennis for all in the heart of Greenwich
Community tennis centre in Greenwich Park. Enjoy quality playing opportunities year round. 6 newly furbished courts. No membership required. Free courts for kids. Coaching all levels - adults and juniors. Drop In Sessions for all. Courses and camps.
Online bookings. Free trial coaching sessions for kids.
Telephone: 020 7486 4216
Also there is the annual Great British Tennis Weekend on Saturday 12 May, 14:00 - 16:00
A fun day of tennis to be enjoyed by the whole family - adult and junior sessions. Simply sign up for your preferred session or alternatively turn up on the day, however this is dependent on availability. All equipment and balls are provided. Giveaways to be given to all children that participate.
At our event, please look out for the programme offer that will be available on the day.
Jazz in the Park
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 17 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.
Just a reminder that seating is not available in the Garden, so do bring a rug or chair if you don’t want to sit directly on the grass. Please note that dogs (apart from guide dogs) are not permitted in the Garden. This is an event for the whole family.
Tickets booked in advance are £5, with under-16s free. (Tickets on the gate, if any are still available for this popular event, will be £7.)
Tickets are non-refundable if the event is cancelled due to bad weather.
Tickets are available from Friends of Greenwich Park, 52 Greenwich Park Street, London SE10 9LT, telephone 020 8853 2150, email: email@example.com
Cheques made out to ‘Friends of Greenwich Park’
Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Or buy online now:
English Gardens Lectures at The Queen’s House
Cultivating Taste: The Art of the English Garden, Greenwich and Beyond.
Royal Museums Greenwich May/June lecture series at The Queen’s House is titled Cultivated Taste: the Art of the English Garden, Greenwich and Beyond and concludes on 14 June with a tour of the Park with Park manager Graham Dear.
The four lectures are from 10.30 to 12.30 on Thursday 24 and 31 May and Thursday 7 and 14 June and cost £8/£6 concessions.
Book online at www.rmg.co.uk or phone 020 8312 6608 (Mon-Fri 9.00 -16.00).
The 26th AGM takes place on 23 April 2018
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.
Officers and committee members proposed and seconded for the coming year are:
Chairman: Liz Coyle
Vice-Chairman: Richard Jones
Lesley Jones stands for election. Jonathan Chandler stands for re-election. Tony Butler, Tina Challacombe, Clive Corlett, Sophie Spencer, Brian Starkey and Sue Yates continue to serve. The committee confirms the appointments of Christine Bevan as Secretary, Julie Punter as Treasurer and Fran Tyler as Membership Secretary.
Response to Consultations on the revised regulations for Greenwich Park
This is the response from the Friends.
Thank you for inviting the Friends of Greenwich Park (FOGP) to respond to your consultation concerning changes to the Royal Parks Regulations. The Committee members have considered the proposals and have the following comments.
Q1 and Q2: Changes to speed limits in Hyde, Regent’s, St James’s and Green Park. These are outside our remit and therefore we have no comment.
Q3 and Q4: Increase of parking charges in Greenwich park from 30p to 35p per 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday:, from 30p to 60p per 15 minutes on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Any increase in parking charges is unwelcome. For weekdays the increase of 5p per quarter hour, 20p per hour is an increase of 17%, which, when spread over 8 years, represents 2% a year. This is, as you say, a little less than the RPI. The new charge is also competitive with some charges on streets near the Park, though some streets allow parking for 2 hours without charge. The Committee reluctantly accepts the weekday increase. Members are, however, against the 100% increase for Sundays and Bank Holidays. FOGP acknowledge that there is pressure on car parking spaces in Greenwich Park on Sundays, especially on warm, dry, summer days. However, we feel that this increase is against the spirit of the recently successful Stage 1 HLF bid which, inter alia, contained a commitment to encourage the use of the park by the wider community. This enjoyment is likely to be felt mostly at the weekend when families come by car to enjoy the pleasures of the Park. Often families come from different directions to meet up for picnics lasting several hours. Car parking will already be a significant charge to many of them, and a doubling of this cost may be sorely felt. As you know, FOGP arranges Jazz in the Park (at a cost to members) on one Sunday a year, and sponsors Bandstand concerts on 10 other days, mainly Sundays. We believe the proposed new level of charges - £9.60 for the 4 hour maximum stay – will deter attendance at these functions. For the Jazz event, if prices were raised, we might have to consider seeking a reduced charge for a special one-day permit (rather than the 4 hour limit) for those who buy concert tickets in advance. To be frank, the timing of this demand for finance through car parking charges sits very uneasily with having just been allocated over £280,000 of development funds for an eventual £4.800,000 (£4.8 million) to be spent on Greenwich Park.
Q5 and Q6: Introduction of ticketless and cashless payments for car parking. The Committee of the friends welcome the facility to make payments by phone or credit card, but is strongly against the removal of the ability to make payments by cash. While the use of cash in parking machines is reducing, it is by no means being abandoned. Many people, especially of the older generation, or those with low resources, still wish to use cash. They often find using cards, even if they have them, difficult. They can be uncertain that payment has been accepted, and thus that they can enjoy the Park without worry. Using the telephone is often frustrating when unable to get through. It is these people, and those who work less than full time, who make greater, more frequent use of the Park and who therefore will feel the inconvenience more keenly. Please retain the facility to pay by cash. In stark contrast to the proposed ticketless/cashless regime, all parking pay stations in the roads surrounding the Park - and indeed across the whole borough - accept cash as well as phone payment. This firmly reinforces the argument for maintaining the cash option, in the Park of all places. We are aware that Westminster and Camden councils have ticketless parking only, which may have influenced the blanket “one size fits all” proposal.
Q7, Q8 and Q9: Clarification concerning the use of drones, barbeques and fireworks. The Friends support the proposals of these minor drafting amendments.
Q10: Any other comments. The Committee have none.
Changes to Park Regulations
The Royal Parks would like to hear your views on some proposed amendments to The Royal Parks Regulations. The full consultation paper can be found here. In summary, the suggested amendments include:
- Introduction of a 20 mph speed limit for motor vehicles in Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park, St James’s Park and The Green Park. This does not affect Greenwich Park as the speed limit is already 20 mph
- Increase in parking charges in all public car parks in Hyde Park, The Regent’s Park and Greenwich Park, in the last of those from 60p per 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday, to 70p per 15 minutes, and from 35p per 15 minutes on Sunday to 70p per 15 minutes.
- Introduction of ticketless and cashless payments for car parking, with the removal of an opportunity to pay by cash.
- Amendments to clarify the intention of some existing regulations, for instance to make it explicit that drones are prohibited outside designated areas without written permission, and that barbeques and fireworks are not allowed to be lit in the Royal Parks without written permission.
If you wish to comment, feedback can be given by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing to: Consultation - Regulations Review, The Royal Parks, The Old Police House, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH. Comments must be received by Thursday 12 April 2018. If you wish, you may also send your comments to Friends of Greenwich Park – Tony Butler, 19 Maidenstone Hill, London SE10 8SY, email@example.com
Any change to The Royal Parks Regulations requires Parliamentary consent and will be subject to the pressures of the Parliamentary timetable.
Advice during adverse snowy weather
Due to the adverse weather, we would advise people visiting or travelling through the Royal Parks to take caution.
Please be aware of the following safety measures/closures:
- It may be necessary to close areas of the parks, roads or footpaths for safety reasons.
- We advise people to avoid cycling.
- Playgrounds in all parks have been closed.
- Small catering kiosks may close (however indoor cafes and restaurants will be open but with reduced operating times).