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  • Plants and Pests

    “The Trumpet Shall Sound” …. Corinthians and GF Handel
    It’s time to blow their trumpet for them, the super nursery tucked away as it is in the middle of Hyde Park may not have featured on our members’ radar.

    Generous hosts and friends to ‘The Friends’ manager, Mike Jones and his staff have helped many members enjoy Spring and Autumn tours to gain an understanding of how things work. For the last few years (Covid year excepted) members have been pleased to buy surplus plants for their own gardens and balconies.

  • Plants and Protests

    Members who live anywhere near to the parks, particularly the east side of Hyde Park and the south of Kensington Gardens will be well aware that, for months, there have been demonstrations taking place on the Parade Ground. It’s a huge, open, beautifully turfed inviting space for any group wanting somewhere to gather. Without major events constructing and decommissioning their paraphernalia and no ceremonial events taking place, the space it appears, is up for grabs.

  • May and Beyond in The Parks

    Kensington Gardens is the star of this blog
    There’s a lot going on with trees, flowers and planting, buildings, exhibitions and art all grabbing our attention.

  • Decorative Planting in the Park

    Flowers in Hyde Park

    In this blog we share a little bit of history of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, planting in the park, rambling with Clare Balding, some of the issues with recent demonstrations and examples of where our views are threatened.

  • Hyde Park by Decimus Burton

    The Main Entrance to Hyde Park at Apsley Gate taken from Wellington Arch platform

    Decimus Burton is possibly the most important contributor to the development of Hyde Park in its entire history and in fact the best of his work there is still with us today, almost 200 years later – like the imposing Apsley Gate Entrance, the magnificent Wellington Arch, both at Hyde Park Corner, and the overall layout of the park itself.

  • An Easter Blog on Maundy Thursday

    The weather is dull and blustery on this first Sunday of British Summer Time. I hope that the forecast for sunshine and warmth in a couple of days is accurate.

    Today’s blog mentions some other Royal Parks where our stories link up. All the Royal Parks have Friends’ groups and the chairs and I have met together with Royal Parks senior staff, on a regular basis for years. For the last year this has been c/o Teams. But the interesting thing is that we have all been in touch with each more than we did in “normal” times sharing ideas, many of which involve how best to keep in touch with you all, and this has been invaluable.

  • Easter Gallery

    Beautiful Spring flowers in The Parks – a gallery of flowers and goings on in the parks in March

  • Happenings in The Parks

    It’s the Spring Equinox today (20/03) which seems to me to be an auspicious day to be writing.

    Phil Newcombe, Assistant Park Manager, Hyde Park, is in a similar Spring like mood and wrote to me:
    “It’s amazing how a few bulbs make people smile as we come out of Winter, the COVID test team at Victoria Gate have commented on how many folk stop to admire what is just a handful of Narcissus ‘tete a tete’ by the gateway.”

  • Activities in the Park

    A fun view of the different activities spotted in Hyde Park from skipping to tree climbing……

  • The Friends have received an update from The Royal Parks. To find out more about what is going on read on …

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