Local residents and visitors to Greenwich Park are being asked to voice their opinions on a multi-million project to transform the south east London World Heritage Site
Greenwich Park, one of London’s eight much-loved Royal Parks, is under pressure from increasing visitor footfall, new tree pests and erosion of popular areas.
Overlooking the Thames and home to one of London’s most iconic views, Greenwich Park is the oldest enclosed Royal Park in the UK and has been open to the public for more than 300 years. It is a unique mix of 17th century landscape, beautiful gardens and a rich history that dates back to Roman times.
In a bid to ensure the park’s infrastructure, facilities and natural environment are protected and enhanced for future generations, local residents and visitors are invited to attend a number of public consultations to discover and share their views on The Royal Park’s multi-million-pound project, Greenwich Park Revealed.
The proposed plans, which have the support of Friends of Greenwich Park, will manage the pressure on popular areas, protect and improve biodiversity, and restore the historic integrity of the park’s design.
The project will also create new opportunities for local residents, with a new Learning Centre and programme of activities, volunteering opportunities and apprenticeships.
‘As well as its unique heritage, the green spaces, play areas and diverse ecology of this wonderful park provide a tranquil spot for locals to enjoy nature away from the hubbub of the city,’ says Greenwich Park Manager, Graham Dear.
‘We have a one-off chance to bid for multi-million-pound funding for a unique project to transform and future-proof the park, but we can’t do this without the help of local residents’
‘The park is much-loved by Greenwich’s diverse community and is a vital local green space,’ he adds. ‘However, with the populations of Greenwich and Lewisham increasing – with Greenwich alone set to rise by 17% by 2026, the increasing number of visitors will create huge pressure on the most popular parts of the park.’
Graham continues: ‘We have a one-off chance to bid for multi-million-pound funding for a unique project to transform and future-proof the park, by enhancing and protecting heritage gems, improving biodiversity and providing better visitor facilities, learning opportunities and information. But we can’t do this without the help of local residents.’
The Royal Parks, the charity that looks after Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park and more of London’s precious greens spaces, has initial support from the National Lottery’s Heritage Lottery Fund and BIG Lottery Fund for a £4.8million grant.
Public consultations will be held near Greenwich Park’s bandstand on Thursday 21 and Sunday 24 February, as well as Thursday 11 and Sunday 14 April, from 10am-4pm. The proposals will build on initial consultation work undertaken in 2018, which sought feedback on the specific issues of disabled access, education, biodiversity and heritage.