The Royal Parks and Camden Police are reminding people not to bring fireworks or paper lanterns to Primrose Hill over the Bonfire Night period, to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for everyone.
The view from the top of the hill offers unparalleled views of the London skyline giving people the chance to watch firework displays taking place all over the capital. Therefore, despite the fact that there will be no fireworks display on Primrose Hill itself, the area is always popular for spectacular views of other displays.
However, in previous years, some people have brought their own fireworks and paper lanterns to Primrose Hill, which is strictly prohibited under Park Regulations.
The focus of the policing effort will be to ensure public safety. In previous years fireworks have been lit by the public in an unsafe way leading to rockets flying horizontally across the Hill, rather than vertically, with the potential to cause injury. Paper lanterns are also a great safety concern and have become trapped on the roofs of homes, with the associated fire dangers.
Any fireworks or lanterns taken onto Primrose Hill also end up creating litter in the park, damage to the park fabric, and a hazard to plants and wildlife. Noise and debris from fireworks and lanterns may also cause great discomfort to the animals at nearby London Zoo.
This year, police officers will be present at all the gates to Primrose Hill to prevent anyone attempting to bring in fireworks or lanterns. Anyone who has any will be asked to surrender them to officers for safe disposal and may not be allowed into the park.
Throughout the Bonfire Night period, especially during the weekend and Monday 5th November, officers based in the parks will be supported by colleagues from Camden Police. This will assist with crowd control and the exiting and clearing of the park at 9.00pm each night in order to ensure a safe and orderly end to each evening. Large dot matrix screens will also be used to provide up-to-date messages to the watching crowds.
Nick Biddle, Park Manager for Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, said:
"The summit of Primrose Hill affords wonderful views across London and we welcome people attending to see the various firework displays being held in the capital. However, it isn't suitable for either hosting its own display or safe for people to bring their own. Also paper lanterns can cause problems when lit in densely populated areas and cause damage to the fabric of the park. "
He added: "Signs are now placed around the park to make people aware of what will be happening during this period, so as few people are inconvenienced as possible."
Inspector John Archell, from the Metropolitan Police's Royal Parks team, said:
"I urge members of the public not to attend Primrose Hill with fireworks this year. This will allow my officers to focus their efforts on anyone intent on causing danger by throwing fireworks around and will be an immense help to us in keeping the public safe."
About The Regent's Park, Primrose Hill and The Royal Parks:
Every year millions of Londoners and tourists visit Regent's Park and Primrose Hill. The park's full name is The Regent's Park, having been designed by John Nash for The Prince Regent, later George IV, but it is commonly referred to as Regent's Park.
One of the capital's eight Royal Parks, Regent's Park covers 160 hectares and includes the stunning internationally renowned Queen Mary's Garden which features more than 30,000 roses of 400 varieties as well as the gloriously restored Victorian formality of William Andrews Nestfield's Avenue Gardens. With excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres it includes the largest outdoor sports area in central London.
The park also houses the Open Air Theatre and London Zoo while the rural character and dramatic views from nearby Primrose Hill have made it a popular place with Londoners. Regent's Park is home to the country's largest free to access waterfowl collection and is a vital resource for wildlife at the heart of the capital. Over 100 species of wild bird can be seen in Regent's Park each year, many breeding on site, and it is the only place in Westminster where hedgehogs still thrive.
The Royal Parks are: Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent's Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James's Park. The Royal Parks also manages Victoria Tower Gardens, Brompton Cemetery, Grosvenor Square Gardens and the gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street.
For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk
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