The Royal Parks and the Team that Maintain Them

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks for free each year. There are 5,000 acres of historic parklands that provide numerous opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London.

Whether you fancy a picnic in the park, a simple walk, sport, top entertainment or community and education projects, you will find it all in the Royal Parks.

The Parks have hundreds of buildings, statues and memorials providing a fascinating insight into London’s heritage, so if it is history and architecture you are after then you are in for a treat.

The eight Royal Parks are:

Kensington Gardens
Kensington Gardens covers 265 acres and is home to Kensington Palace, the Italian Gardens, Albert Memorial, Peter Pan Statue and the Serpentine Galleries.

It is planted with formal avenues of magnificent trees and ornamental flower beds. The flower beds are also home to the popular Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground.

Richmond Park
Richmond Park is the largest of the capital’s 8 Royal Parks and the biggest enclosed space in London. The park is a Natural Nature Reserve, London’s largest site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation.

It is home to Pembroke Lodge, the beautiful Isabella Plantation and herds of Red and Fallow deer.

Bushy Park
This is the 2nd largest of London’s Royal Parks. It is located near Hampton Court Palace. The parks mixture of woods, ponds, gardens and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow deer.

Bushy Park is home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park is home to famous landmarks including the Serpentine Lake, Speaker’s Corner, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain.
The Park also offers various recreational activities including open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse-riding.

Anyone staying at the 4* whitewashed Georgian hotel near Hyde Park – Park Grand London Paddington Court, should definitely pop along to this park to relax in its splendour during their London break.

St. James’s Park
This Royal Park is the oldest of the eight. The park includes The Mall and Horse Guard’s parade and is at the heart of ceremonial London, providing the setting for spectacular Pageants including the annual Trooping of the Colour.’

The Green Park
This is the smallest of the eight Royal Park’s in London. It comprises of just over 40 acres of mature trees and grassland next to Buckingham Palace, the peaceful triangle between Piccadilly and Constitution Hill. The Green Park offers a popular location for picnics and sunbathing in nice weather.

The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill
This park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary’s Gardens which features more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties. It is also home to the gloriously restored William Andrews Nesfield’s Avenue Gardens.

The Park has excellent sports facilities and includes the largest outdoor sports area in the capital. The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country’s free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.

Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park hosts the prime Meridian Line and Royal Observatory. It is part of the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site which is home to the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Navy College.

Greenwich Park is the most historic of the Royal Parks. It dates back to Roman times and was enclosed in 1427. From the Statue of General Wolfe there are fantastic views across the river Thames all the way to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

So who looks After the Parks?
The Royal Parks is responsible for managing and preserving the eight Royal Parks, including the valuable conservation areas and important habitats for wildlife.

They are also responsible for a number of other spaces in London including Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, the gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street and Grosvenor Square Garden.

Meeting the Parks Team
If you have ever wondered what goes into maintaining a Royal Park. The Park Teams are regularly out and about in all eight of the Royal Parks ready to answer questions and talk about their work maintaining all 5,000 acres of the historic parklands.

Soon the Royal Parks will become a new charity, working with the Royal Park Foundation. This won’t present any changes in what you see in the park.

In May 2016, special meetings were held on various dates in each of the parks to discuss what this new charity would mean for each specific park.

The Royal Parks Foundation is the charity that fundraises and volunteers to support the parks for everyone to enjoy, both now and in the future.

Supporting the Royal Parks and the Royal Park Foundation
Since it was established in 2003, the charity has helped raise more than £12 million towards a wide variety of projects.

The Royal Parks work in partnership with the Royal Parks Foundation team on projects including:

  • Restoring Brompton Cemetery
  • Transforming playgrounds
  • Talking statues
  • Hedgehog conservation
  • Deckchair dreams
  • Events such as the Royal Park Foundation Half Marathon and Ultra.

Every penny the charity raises helps it work to:

  • Conserve and protect more wildlife and diverse habitats
  • Restore historic monuments
  • Keeping natural heritage safe now and for the future
  • Improve the health and well-being of Londoners through restful green spaces and activities
  • Bring communities together through education, events and partnerships
  • Support the Royal Parks financial future.

Support the work of the charity by:

  • Making a Donation
  • Joining Team Squirrel
  • Adopting wildlife
  • Coming to the Winter Wonderland Charity Preview Night
  • Buying a gift from their online shop
  • Leaving a legacy
  • Becoming a corporate partner
  • Hiring the Look Out in Hyde Park.
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