The Royal Parks’ flagship project 'Greenwich Park Revealed' has begun!
This four year project will invest £8 million into Greenwich Park, to reveal, restore, protect and share its unique heritage - now, and for future generations. It will restore the 590-year old park’s historic landscape, provide new visitor facilities, enhance biodiversity, and develop learning, leisure and volunteering opportunities for a growing and diverse local community. Greenwich Park is part of Greenwich Maritime World Heritage Site.
The project is possible thanks to a ‘transformational’ £4.5m grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund which are both supported by the country's National Lottery players.
The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation and The Foyle Foundation have generously pledged grant funding towards this transformational project. The Royal Parks and other funding partners will also contribute to the project.
If you would like to support Greenwich Park Revealed you can donate to the project below, or contact us at email@example.com
Where we are now
We originally launched the project in January 2020, with planning permission to start building work in September. However, the coronavirus pandemic put all our plans on hold and its financial impact has forced us to revise our original Learning Centre designs to be more cost-effective. By repurposing existing buildings and constructing a smaller, purpose-built classroom, we aim to create sustainable facilities for volunteers and learners, with an emphasis on discovering the outdoors.
In 2019, we consulted park users on our plans for the restoration of the historic landscape, a new café at Vanbrugh Gate, biodiversity enhancements, cultural events and wellbeing activities. We are delighted to announce that these are all going ahead as originally planned.
We have asked park users to comment on the revised plans for the learning centre and volunteer facilities, which were submitted for planning permission at the end of March 2021.
Greenwich Park Revealed restoration project
The project will restore and enhance the following places within the Park:
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A. The Grand Ascent and Parterre Banks
Restore the key elements of the Baroque 17th century landscape design to redefine the grand axis.
B. Wolfe Statue and Viewing Point
Enhance the quality of the public realm by improving pedestrian access, circulation and removing traffic. Highlight the protected view to St. Paul’s and protect the Grand Ascent - the 'giant grass steps' from erosion. Provide a pair of new kiosks to frame the setting of this key visitor focal point.
C. Tree Avenues
Restore the historic avenues of diseased and dying trees through a programme of management and replacement. Install an irrigation system using park borehole water to be more sustainable.
D. Flower Garden
Restore the Edwardian qualities of the Flower Garden, enhancing horticultural displays and creating ‘natural’ play opportunities.
E. Flower Garden Lake
Improve the visual impact, biodiversity and water quality of the lake by raising the water level, using borehole water and improving biodiversity.
F. Anglo-Saxon Cemetery
Remove the footpath to protect the Scheduled Monument and reinstate natural acid grassland.
G. Wildlife in The Wilderness
Open up views to the deer herd and enhance habitat.
Renovate the Victorian bandstand and install a power supply for community events.
I. Conduit Avenue
Replant sections of the historic avenue to frame Ranger’s House, improve its setting and strengthen its historic connection with the park.
Allow controlled access onto the reservoir and enhance its unusual chalk grassland flora.
K. Chesterfield Gate and the Dell
Improve access, introduce biodiverse planting and create a natural setting for a National Collection of Hawthorn.
L. One Tree Hill
Improve visitor access, enhance the quality of the historic viewpoint, open up vistas and improve grassland and habitat management.
M. Pavilion Café
Re-locate the catering store currently blocking the historic avenue, create a high quality cafe garden with views to the city skyline.
N. Flamsteed House
Restore the historic view from the North to Flamsteed House and the Royal Observatory.
O. Community facilities within The Wilderness
Designating a new area to learning and the community under the name of The Wilderness. Building a new classroom and community space linked to an enhanced nature trail, outdoor learning places, a wildlife pond, woodland, meadow and scrub habitats. Refurbishment of the Old Wildlife Centre building for storage and toilets to act as a meeting point and gateway to the new indoor and outdoor learning spaces.
P. Blackheath Gate
Create a welcoming entrance, remove the car park and extend Blackheath Avenue. Provide visitor information and enhance the quality of the Flower Garden entrance and paths to east and west.
Q. Conduit Head
Open up visual access to the conduits and provide interpretation of the hidden tunnel network.
R. Vanbrugh Yard: Vanbrugh Lodge Café, Kitchen Garden and Community facilities
Create a new area of public open space called Vanbrugh Yard within an area currently used as a contractors' yard. This will be the setting to a new community café at Vanbrugh Lodge and we will transform, existing buildings to create toilets and volunteer mess room. Create a community garden to the rear with a glasshouse for horticultural learning linked to volunteer facilities and parking for minibuses.
Improve signage and interpretation, restore drinking water fountains, enhance biodiversity through planting and management and create new and diverse opportunities for community activities.