National Trails and recreational paths
With lockdown and foreign travel restricting so many activities, the countryside has never been more popular than this year and Richmond Park has been exceptionally busy. Perhaps it’s human nature to visit a site where access to nature is provided as a one-off activity, but the national network of paths and trails offers an alternative way of discovering the countryside. Ordnance Survey maps and guidebooks show us the routes of Recreational Paths and National Trails – marked as a series of green diamonds along the route. 2 such routes pass through Richmond Park - The Capital Ring Walk is a 78 mile circuit of London divided into 15 different sections, whilst the Beverley Brook Walk is 7 miles long but links up with the Thames tow path and other routes. Exploring these routes in London and beyond offers an easy way to escape the crowds and discover new places.
Following the Government announcement of a national lockdown Richmond Park will need to manage the implications needed to comply with the latest guidance and continue to provide an essential facility during these difficult times. The situation is always subject to change but we anticipate keeping roads and car parks open, the playground and toilets and take away catering will also stay open with measures in place to stay socially distanced. Obviously, the limitations on group and mixed household gathering will impact on Friends and other organisations meetings.
Please be aware how busy the Park is at weekends especially if the weather is good, following a period of wet weather. Car parks fill very quickly and the roads become congested. Consider whether you can visit at off-peak times or leave your car at home. It is more important than ever to be considerate to other park visitors.
Christmas tree sales
Christmas trees are due to return to Roehampton Car Park this year at the end of November. The first date of sales may depend on lockdown restrictions but the concession ‘On Cloud Pine’ also offer a delivery service. If you are at all concerned about Coronavirus, vulnerable or shielding someone who is then delivery may be a great option for you. The trees range in height, species and there's a choice of pot-grown or cut-trees.
With no predators and 200 births annually, the deer population would increase beyond the Parks carrying capacity without human intervention. To prevent starvation and malnutrition, the deer are selectively culled during November and February. This ensures a healthy herd of 600 with the correct balance of ages and sexes. The high point of the rut is now over, and the lean bellies and hindquarters of the exhausted stags bear witness to the recent deprivation of food. They regain condition by feasting on sweet chestnuts, horse chestnuts and beech mast, building up winter fat reserves. Removing chestnuts deprives the deer of essential food.
Please leave the chestnuts for the deer