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World-renowned Royal Parks, stunning

stretches of riverside and extravagantly

planted public parks and gardens

combine to make Richmond upon

Thames the greenest and most beautiful

borough in London. In addition, it's

the only London borough to span both

banks of the Thames.

The jewel in the crown is the majestic

Richmond Park, with its gently rolling

hills, ancient copses and herds of

free-roaming red and fallow deer, a

landscape which has changed little from

the days of Charles I. From selected

vantage points within this largest of the

Royal Parks it is possible to view St

Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and

other iconic central London landmarks.

The borough boasts over 160 parks,

commons and woodlands which

attract 5 million visitors each year. The

Council's Parks Service continues to

upgrade our open spaces and play

areas with new play equipment, park

infrastructure and sustainable planting

schemes. At this year's London in

Bloom Awards the parks team were

awarded gold for Terrace Gardens,

Barnes Common, Pensford Field (a

small conservation site in Kew) and for

their overall tour of the borough. York

House Gardens was awarded a silver

gilt and there were discretionary awards

for Hertford Allotments as the allotment

of the year and Church Street and

Flood Lane Carpark for the Chairman's

Award. Ham & Petersham village were

awarded gold for their entry in London

in Bloom and are awaiting the results of

this year's Britain in Bloom.

The Terrace Gardens and Gothic

Gardens in Richmond, York House

and Radnor Gardens in Twickenham,

and Carlisle Park and Hatherop in

Hampton are especially popular with

visitors where those looking for a

more relaxed rural feel can explore

East Sheen Common Woods, Ham

Common or visit "Barney" in Barn Elms.

This huge London Plane has a girth

of 8.2m making it one of the largest in

London dating back to 1660s when the

Oriental and American

Plane first came into

existence.

The Diamond Jubilee Gardens on

Twickenham Embankment is a

popular site for community events

and open cinemas whilst Champion

Wharf features Alexander Pope's

Urn with his poetry inscribed in the

surrounding wooden seating, and

let's not forget the play beach with it

Viking boat and historic river taxi.

Visitors can discover rare trees,

and many different types of flora

and fauna in our many sites that

are designated for conservation

management. Just remember to

bring the fine weather with you!

great outdoors

Richmond Park

that there is a free

seasonal bus to

Isabella Plantation?

Did you know Sue Lindenberg

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