Plans to protect and enhance Greenwich Park are being revealed at a series of public consultations, where visitors and locals can give their opinions.
Greenwich Park is under pressure from increasing visitor footfall, new tree pests and diseases and erosion of the most popular areas of the park, all of which are putting a strain on the park’s infrastructure, facilities and natural environment.
“Greenwich Park Revealed” is a major multi-million-pound project led by the Royal Parks – the charity that manages Greenwich Park – which will ensure that the park is sustainably fit for future generations.
The proposed plans will improve the park as a visitor destination and manage the physical pressure on the most popular areas of the park. It will better meet the needs and expectations of a growing and diverse local population, 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 proposed new Learning Centre offering a programme of activities, as well as through volunteering and apprenticeships.
These proposals will build on initial consultation work undertaken in 2018, which sought people’s feedback on the specific issues of disabled access, education, biodiversity and heritage.
Overlooking the River 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, stunning gardens and a rich history that dates back to Roman times.
Greenwich Park Manager, Graham Dear, said “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.”
“With the populations of Greenwich and Lewisham increasing – with Greenwich alone set to rise by 17 per cent by 2026, the increasing number of visitors will create huge pressure on the most popular parts of the park…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 charity has initial support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund for a £4.8million grant, as part of the multi-million-pound project. The Royal Parks, and other funders, will also contribute to the project. The project is supported by The Friends of Greenwich Park.
“Greenwich Park Revealed” has been awarded an initial development funding by the National Lottery to develop the project proposals more fully by incorporating the views of park users on the park’s future.
The final bid will be submitted at the end of August 2019.
Four public consultations are being held near Greenwich Park’s bandstand at 10am-4pm on:
-Thursday 21st February
-Sunday 24th February
-Sunday 14th April
Local residents can give their input on various aspects of the project to help shape the park’s future. Visitors can also contribute their views by email at firstname.lastname@example.org