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Data to help park managers improve visitor experience

The Royal Parks charity, which looks after Greenwich Park, is recruiting local volunteers to record visitor numbers and understand how people use the park.

The data will help park managers develop better ways to guide visitors towards undiscovered areas of the park, uncover the park’s hidden history and wildlife, and find ways to relieve pressure on popular tourist spots. This is a part of a multimillion-pound project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, which will preserve and improve the heritage site for future generations.

“Greenwich Park Revealed”, led by The Royal Parks, will meet the needs of a growing local population, as increasing footfall is putting a strain on the park’s infrastructure and natural environment. Thanks to National Lottery players*, the project will provide better facilities and infrastructure, protecting and improving biodiversity and restoring the eroded historic landscapes of the park.

In order to gather crucial data to understand which areas are busiest and how people use the park, The Royal Parks is recruiting volunteers on two afternoons on Tuesday 12 February and Sunday 17 February 2019.

Helen Wallis, Greenwich Park’s Partnerships & Community Engagement Officer, The Royal Parks, said: “This major project will not only protect and enhance the park’s unique natural heritage, it will deliver better facilities for visitors - and we’re planning to deliver new events and activities to reveal hidden areas across the park. But first, we need to collect data on how the park is currently used. Here’s your chance to get involved! Get in touch and help us make a difference for future generations.

“No experience is needed, it will be a great day out, and a chance to meet new people and find out more about this incredible green space. And any volunteers who can commit to both days can enter a fun competition to guess the total number of people in the park!“

The volunteer sessions will run from 12.30pm to 4pm. Volunteers will be counting in a small group with a leader who will walk the group to selected position in the park and work alongside them. Volunteers must be over 18 years old.

People can find out more about volunteering by calling 0300 061 2379 or contacting greenwichparkrevealed@royalparks.org.uk

People can find out more about “Greenwich Park Revealed” and share their views on the project at four public consultations being held near Greenwich Park’s bandstand.  These will take place on Thursday 21st and Sunday 24th February, and Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th April, 10am-4pm.

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For media enquiries contact The Royal Parks press office on 0300 061 2128 or press@royalparks.org.uk



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