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Greenwich Park Revealed is Underway

Graham Dear, Project Manager, writes: 'It’s a mixed feeling beginning to feel optimistic about the future; the vaccination programme proceeds and Greenwich Park Revealed enters the delivery phase, but at the same time there is the impact of the pandemic.

For Greenwich Park the future looks bright. The newly recruited team which will deliver the project is in place and raring to go. In partnership with Tramshed, we are planning a programme of covid-secure events this summer including two world music concerts on the bandstand, a family sing-along cinema, Commedia Theatre and a youth focused car free day. Check the Park website for details.

The deer will now move to Richmond Park as they are very sensitive to disturbance. On the advice of our vet the deer will be moved in August and return in 2023 when all the building work in the Nursery Yard and Wildlife Centre is complete. We will take the opportunity to do some habitat improvement work to the deer park which will enhance the meadows for wildlife.

Also in August we will be doing a visitor distribution mapping of the park. Using a technique we developed in 2019 we count and map the visitors in the park at one time. To do this we need 20 volunteers. If you would like to help please email Helen Wallis. In return we can offer a once only, never to be repeated, tea and cake in the deer park (the deer will be at Richmond Park). We will repeat this again in 2024 to compare the impact of the project on visitor distribution.

Locals will be aware of the ongoing housing development on Greenwich Peninsula. To facilitate this Thames Water need to lay a new water-main from Greenwich. The Royal Parks have granted them a licence to bring the main through the park from King George Street Gate to Park Row Gate, following the line of footpaths. The build is from September 2021 to February 2022 and we are working with Thames Water to minimise any disturbance to visitors. It’s not ideal but the only alternative route was along Romney Road. Thames Water will be paying an appropriate licence fee. Readers will be pleased to note that The National Maritime Museum have completed the installation of their water main.

When you read this, I will have been on the sleeper train to Glasgow for a holiday cycling in Argyll and the Hebrides. My last cycle tour holiday was in 1987 so it was time to get back in the saddle!'

Greenwich Park Revealed team:

Graham Dear, Programme Manager;

Helen Wallis, Partnerships and Community Engagement Officer;

Suzy Minett, Project Support Officer;

Andrew Mayfield, Community Archaeologist;

Adam Stoter, Technical Officer;

Jane Pelly, Head of Landscape;

Ellen Roelvink, Landscape Architect;

Charlie Blackmore, Graduate Landscape Architect;

Sean Morris, Build Project Manager; 

Alice-Rose Hoyle, Senior Landscape Architect/Landscape Project Manager.

If you wish to read about the project in detail then The Royal Parks website has a whole section devoted to Greenwich Park Revealed giving more information on the project team and the project itself, with videos and plans about all its aspects. It is well worth a visit