Primrose Hill in North London, is almost 63 metres above sea level, offering one of the best panoramic views of the London skyline. In a bid to deter picnickers, sunbathers and group gatherings this weekend, The Royal Parks charity which manages Primrose Hill, has joined forces with Camden Council, to paint a giant message on the grass that can be viewed from the sky, which says: “STAY 2M APART, PROTECT THE NHS.”
Tom Jarvis, Director of Parks at The Royal Parks, said: “The parks are a lifeline for anyone living in London during these times, and our number one priority is to do everything we can to keep them open for people’s physical and mental wellbeing. However, this will only be possible if visitors protect themselves and others by staying 2m apart, not gathering with people outside their household and only using the parks for one form of daily exercise.
“Last weekend we still saw groups of people gathering on the top of Primrose Hill, sunbathing, picnicking and taking in the views of London. This is completely unacceptable as it directly puts others at risk , which is why we’re making our messaging this weekend as big and as visible as possible so there’s no excuse. Whilst most people are doing everything they can to behave well and follow Government guidance, if a minority of visitors continue to flout the rules, we’ll sadly have no choice but to close the park.”
Cllr Adam Harrison, Camden Council’s Cabinet Member for a Sustainable Camden said: “We know how important our parks and green spaces are for physical and mental health especially during this difficult time, which is why we are endeavouring to keep them open.
“With warm weather forecast for the upcoming bank holiday weekend, we are hoping this will be a reminder to everyone that they must use these spaces responsibly and adhere to Government advice, otherwise we will have no choice but to close them.
“There are many people risking their lives every day to keep the public safe, so I urge everyone to do their part to save lives and prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect your health and the health of loved ones.”