Jim (1983-2015) was a Dutch-born Shire Horse whose working life took him to Germany to pull a trade carriage. A photo of a car crashed into the carriage with Jim's expression of puzzlement (when most horses would have bolted) proved he was a mature, safe horse and perfect to start work at Hampton Court Palace some ten years ago.
He was the foundation for all other horses, solid as a rock. He pulled the tram showing all young horses how it's done. Representing the Royal Parks, he welcomed HM The Queen, spent the summers cutting grass or rolling bracken and became world-famous maintaining the Olympic rings, cut 300m wide. The games' organisers acknowledged this was the most popular item of their publicity. Jim became 'Nelson' for a day, to launch Simon Weston's children's' books featuring a Shire horse and was the guest of honour at a centenary birthday celebration at the Star and Garter home.
In semi-retirement Jim excelled at a new therapeutic role. He emotionally connected with people, be they company executives or young people diagnosed with autism, Jim did what he did best: quietly observing the world, accepting things for what they are, unflappable. Jim was the prototype porcelain Shire horse, a gentle giant who leaves a big gap in our herd - and in our hearts.
Drones are remote controlled aeroplanes, helicopters or other flying models often fitted with a camera. They have become very affordable in recent years and their popularity has increased. The use of drones and remote controlled flying models is ONLY permitted on the Flying Field in Richmond Park. Additional laws relating to privacy and photography also apply to drones. Uncontrolled model rockets are not permitted and national aviation law requires models to be under 20KG, not to drop article or animals from aircraft, to be seen at all times and flown safely, remain below 400 ft and stay at least 50m from people, vehicles and structures.
Robin Hood Gate Car Park
Robin Hood car park will be closed from Monday 26 January until the end of March. It will be resurfaced and parking areas marked. The exit will be moved to regain the main road via the roundabout. The nearest alternative parking is at Pen Ponds, Roehampton Gate or Broomfield Hill.
The 2014 Visitor Survey
The 2014 visitor survey has been published. The annual total number of visitors has risen from 4 million to 5.5 million since 2008 and 100% of visitors who were surveyed rated Richmond Park as excellent or good.
The Royal Parks will be introducing a 20 pence charge to use the toilet. This will NOT affect toilets by cafes or playgrounds. In Richmond Park toilets at Richmond, Sheen, Kingston and Robin Hood Gates will be 'pay to use'. The 'pay to use' equipment is due to be installed this spring.