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Photo: Troops of the Army Cyclists Corps advancing along a road during training in Richmond Park, 1915 © IWM (Q 53678)

Join us as we uncover how the Royal Parks were put to use between 1914 and 1919 – as vegetable patches, camouflage experiments, places of mourning and celebration, and much else.

From May 2017 to early 2020, we’ll be exploring the Royal Parks' First World War history through a programme of events, community and school activities and research.

Find out what happened to the men who went to war from the parks and the women who took on new roles at home. Discover how the Royal Parks’ wartime work influenced the rest of the world.

The project is a partnership between The Royal Parks Guild and The Royal Parks, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Upcoming events

None right now, but we'll be back in the new year!

Find out more

War Gardens

Allotments were a way to get rare fresh vegetables during WW1. The Royal Parks led the way in helping novice gardeners to grow their own.

Camouflage School

Kensington Gardens was taken over in WW1 to support the effort. Join us in September as we do the same and explore our WW1 history.

Volunteer With Us

Volunteer to help us discover more of the Parks' WW1 history and to bring it to life for others.

Do you know something we don't?

If you have a relative who worked, walked or played in the Royal Parks during the First World War or if you’re an expert with information about how the Royal Parks were used – get in touch.