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Greenwich is the most historic Royal Park, dating back to the Roman Times, and was enclosed in 1433. Set within the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site as one of the planet’s most important sites, the park has an incredible story to tell.

As part of our multi-million pound Greenwich Park Revealed project we want to bring this rich history to life for the 4.8million visitors who enjoy the 183-acre site every year. We also want to uncover some of the park’s hidden gems and improve its world famous features for future generations.

Following conversations with thousands of local people and visitors to the Park, in September 2017 The Royal Parks submitted an application for £4.8M of funding to the Parks for People scheme, jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

And in January 2018 Greenwich Park took a giant step towards securing this multi-million pound investment, with the announcement that The Royal Parks had been awarded development funding to work up proposals for Greenwich Park Revealed over the next eighteen months. After this the charity will be invited to submit a Phase 2 application to secure the full £4.8M grant.

Greenwich Park Revealed will enable The Royal Parks to conserve and improve the World Heritage Site and Grade 1 Listed landscape for the 4.8 million people who visit every year.

The investment will conserve and enhance the natural environment, uncover historical gems within the 590-year-old park and develop community projects for a growing and diverse local audience.

The plans include proposals which aim to:

  • Revive historical features from Andre Le Notre’s original 17th century baroque design for the park. Among the ideas are restoring the Park’s ancient tree avenues which have been affected by disease and are at risk of disappearing within a few decades if no action is taken.
  • Reinstate the Edwardian landscape at the Flower Garden and Wilderness Park to its original glory including improving water quality in the lake, providing better views of the deer and providing refuges for nesting birds. These areas are especially popular with local residents and families with young children.
  • More opportunities for the local community to get involved with the Park, including through events and education programmes for local schools, volunteer and apprenticeship placements, and work experience opportunities for students studying tourism, leisure and event management.
  • Improve visitor facilities including story boards bringing to life the historical and natural story of the Park, improved refreshment facilities, toilets, viewing points and better access across the Park for those with disabilities, helping all visitors enjoy one of London’s finest green spaces.

Greenwich Park Revealed is a mammoth but exciting task. The Royal Parks already has a great track record in setting out its vision for similar lottery-funded schemes, such as the £4.5million we were awarded for our Brompton Cemetery Conservation Project.

Keep in touch

Greenwich Park is right at the heart of the local community and we want you to tell us what you like and dislike. To share your ideas - and to sign up for a regular newsletter keeping you up to date as the project progresses - please email us.

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