Richmond Park has protected status as an important habitat for wildlife and is a National Nature Reserve, London’s largest Site of Special Scientific Interest and a European Special Area of Conservation. Richmond Park is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and covers an area of 2500 acres.
Richmond Park It measures 2,500 acres – three times the size of Central Park , five times bigger than Monaco.
Oldest Trees in Richmond Park . Richmond Park contains some of the oldest oak trees in London including, what is known as, the Royal Oak. It is a specimen thought to be around 750 years old but could be as old as 800 years old. The tree is located near the gate entrance, at the top of Richmond Hill.
Grass snakes are present in the park and, although a population estimate has not been conducted, juveniles are seen regularly and they therefore breed well. Like all reptiles they are ‘cold blooded’ which means they cannot regulate their own body temperature.
Pools on the Park Richmond Since 1966, Pools on the Park has provided countless people with one of the most holistic leisure facilities in the area. Located just a minutes’ walk from Richmond train station, Pools on the Park lido, is a great spot to watch life go by and enjoy a cooling swim on a hot summer’s day.
Richmond Park is open to vehicles from 7:00 am in the summer and 7:30 am in the winter. Vehicle gates close at dusk all year round. Pedestrian gates are open 24 hours except during the deer cull in November and February. During these months, pedestrian gates open at 7:30 am and close at 8:00 pm.
Red and fallow deer in Richmond Park and the nearby Bushy Park are killed twice a year – alternating between males and females – to preserve the health of the herd as a whole. “As a result of the cull , the meat is sold to licensed game dealers and all the money is reinvested into caring for our herds.
Richmond Park is fully open to cyclists once again, five months after restrictions were put in place. Cycling in the popular west London green space has been limited since March, when park management banned people from riding through the park due to concerns about coronavirus.
Don’t take risks with rutting deer , The Royal Parks warns visitors. The Royal Parks is urging visitors to Bushy and Richmond Parks to be extra vigilant and keep a minimum distance of 50 metres away during the annual deer rut.
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Richmond Park is located in the London borough, Richmond on Thames, approximately 14.5km from London City.
Richmond Park has been in existence for nearly 400 years and this timeline features some of the key stories and images in its history.
Located between Sheen Gate & Richmond Gate, close to Holy Lodge, this tree is a perfect example of nature’s tenacity for life. Blown over in a great storm, the oak clung onto life with its last remaining roots and flourished despite its unusual position.