Movement Strategy Trial
Following an unprecedented summer, the park has gradually reopened car parks and roads during August. The Royal Parks had been consulting on a Movement (or Transport) strategy for some time prior to the coronavirus lock-down and have now introduced an initial trial restricting through traffic. We appreciate the frustration that the changes have caused to some but also trust most park users to understand the wider benefits they will bring. As of the end of August all car parks and gates are open but some roads are now closed for the trial.
- Sheen Cross to Sheen Gate is closed and access to Sheen car park is only available from Sheen Gate.
- Broomfield Hill is closed to cars. Access to Robin Hood car park and Pen Ponds car parks are via Roehampton only. Access to Broomfield Hill car park is via Kingston gate only.
- Additionally the road between Richmond roundabout and Roehampton roundabout is closed to cars on weekends and bank holidays
A formal consultation with all park users on their experience of the trial will take place from November to December 2020.
Car Parking Charges Consultation
In order to manage demand for car parking space and encourage more sustainable modes of traffic, the Royal Parks launched a consultation on a proposal to introduce car parking charges in line with charges in other Royal Parks on 7th September.
Deer Rut - Advice for Walkers
The stags and bucks now sport fully-grown antlers. They may be seen thrashing them about in the vegetation to build up their neck muscles, as towards the end of the month they will start establishing territories for the rut. The deer also indulge in dust wallows to assist the shedding of their summer coats as their winter ones grow through. They are vulnerable to disturbance during the rut and the large number of spectators can affect them. Recently the numbers of owners choosing to walk their dogs in Richmond Park has increased considerably. Deer can feel threatened by dogs even over long distances and even when the dog is not behaving in a provocative manner. This is particularly so during the rutting (September – October) and the birthing (May – July) seasons. We recommend walking your dog outside the Park at these times. If you choose, at your own risk, to walk your dog in the Park at these times, it is advisable to keep your dog on a lead and consider an alternative route, such as following the wall line of the Park, close to exit gates.