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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 majestic

Richmond Park, with its gently rolling

hills, ancient copses and herds of freeroaming

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 130 parks,

commons and woodlands which attract

5 million visitors each year. The Council's

'Park Service continues to upgrade

our open spaces and play areas with

new equipment, park infrastructure and

sustainable planting schemes.

A brand new playground was installed

at Suffolk Road Recreation Ground

in the Spring of this year, making it

the 62nd playground in the borough.

Some users had described it as the

'best playground in the borough'. The

playground aims at both young and

older children, with a sand pit that

incorporates a number of play features

within the pit, and a larger climbing frame

and swings for older children to use.

The Parks Team also recently upgraded

the outdoor gym at Heathfield Recreation

Ground, providing a mixture of new

equipment that aimed at both of those

suffer from mobility problems, and able

bodied users, a first in the borough and

part of a wider project to make a

number of our parks and open spaces

accessible to all.

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 Champions Wharf features

Alexander Pope's Urn with his poetry

inscribed in the surrounding wooden

seating, and let's not forget the play beach

with its Viking boat and historic river taxi.

Visitors can discover rare trees, and many

different types of flora fauna in our many

sites that are designed for conservation

management. Just remember to bring the

fine weather with you!

great outdoors

Richmond Park

that 2020 is the

20th anniversary of

WWT London Wetland

Centre in Barnes?

Did you know

Stephen Darlington

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