Easing of lockdown continues
The Government announced the greatest easing of the coronavirus lockdown so far from the 4th July onwards. The reduced social distancing measures will allow the Royal Parks to continue to relax measures in Richmond Park. Synchronising the changes in guidelines with the logistical implications, public expectation and available resources is extremely difficult and Park staff have been genuinely flattered to receive so many thank you email and letters for their efforts.
Park facilities re-opened
- Isabella Plantation is open from 13th July
- Petersham Playground is open from 10th July
- All Park toilets are open from 14th July
- Pembroke Lodge Tea Rooms will open from 14th July
Park roads and car parks
From 14th July Pembroke Lodge, Sheen, Roehampton and Kingston car parks re-opened to the public on weekdays with access from the nearest gate only. No through traffic is permitted. However, the high numbers of visitors using Richmond Park mean that for the time being, the park remains closed to cars and cyclists at weekends (except for blue badge access to Sheen car park via Sheen Gate. Families with cyclists 12yrs and under and key workers will still be allowed to cycle at weekends).
Oak Processionary Moth and Lyme Disease
Work continues to remove nests of toxic caterpillars from oak trees across the park. Please do not be alarmed by the sight of contractors working in protective clothing which is to keep them safe while carrying out essential work that ultimately keeps our visitors safe.
As ever there is a risk of members of the public and their pets from being bitten by ticks particularly in areas of long grass and bracken. Please do read the separate notices displayed around the park. Further advice can be found on TRP and NHS websites.
Summer of Kindness
Over the past four months we have welcomed more visitors to the parks, with many people telling us they have a new-found appreciation of nature and wildlife. Sadly, however, the rise in visitor numbers has also corresponded to a rise in anti-social behaviour including litter, including takeaway boxes, plastic bags, PPE, glass bottles and picnic scraps.
The Royal Parks have launched a campaign called ‘Summer of Kindness 2020’. We hope that our simple messages of enjoying the parks, being kind to one another and respecting the environment will make people stop and think about the impact of their actions on the parks. Please help us spread the word by using the hashtag #BeKindtoYourParks, on your own social media channels by sharing our posts.
For more information please visit www.royalparks.org.uk/BeKindToYourParks