Richmond Park Open Day
The Richmond Park Open Day takes place on Sunday 13 September at Holly Lodge. It is open to the public from 11:00am – 4:00pm, is free to enter but parking is charged at £5 per car. Displays will be put on by all the organisations that work and help the park or fit within the countryside and garden theme.
Come along to find out about the history of the park, the wildlife, see the Shire horses, have a pony ride, enjoy the displays of cars and machinery, traditional woodworking or educational activities.
Come by bike and take advantage of free security marking and servicing / minor repairs.
Beverley Brook Restoration
This watercourse has been heavily modified since the 1920s and the straight, wide and deep channel has been detrimental to wildlife. At the end of September the South East Rivers Trust will undertake work to improve the river for wildlife. They will introduce large woody material (logs), plant native trees and shrubs, fence areas to exclude the deer, change the profile of the banks, create back waters and gravel beds for fish to refuge and spawn. The work will be muddy but will soon re-vegetate in the spring. This work is supported by the Friends of Richmond Park and the Environment Agency.
The London Duathlon
Richmond Park roads will be closed to all vehicles on Sunday 20 September for this annual cycling and running event. Pedestrian gates will be open and the park is usually a little quieter on Duathlon day – so if you travel by means other than car, a visit to the park can be particularly relaxing.
Reminder - Deer rut advice for walkers
Deer are wild animals and can be unpredictable. Richmond Park is a nature reserve with herds of wild deer roaming freely. Deer can feel threatened by people and dogs even over long distances. This is particularly during the rutting which starts in September and continues through October. We recommend keeping at least 50m from deer and give them the respect they need during the rut.
You may have noticed cameras and vehicle counter tubes on the park roads in late August. These were installed for a comprehensive traffic survey which was last conducted 10 years ago. The 'cameras' do not film vehicles but simply count them and can distinguish between cars and cycles. Speed data is collected with the rubber tubes. The survey will be conducted again in the autumn to collect contrasting term time data as well. The information will be used to better inform the management of the road network in the park and was funded by Transport for London.
Vote Richmond Park for the People's Choice Award
The Green Flag award is an annual inspection and recognition for public open spaces that are well managed. This year 1582 parks received the award and now you can vote Richmond Park as your favorite.