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Newsletters include the latest news and items from the Friends relating to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, which may be of interest to Members. The Annual Review provides further news on developments within the Parks and Friends events.


    First Major Event for Hyde Park
    (since Christmas 2019)

    Congratulations to all who ran in The Royal Parks (RP) Half Marathon (‘The Half’) a couple of weeks ago and congratulations to the teams who organised it.

  • Catching Up

    Summing up Summer
    Welcome back to the Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (FHPKG) Mail Chimp Newsletter.

    August was disappointing, probably for all of us in the UK. Not only torrential rain but days without sun. This helped the grass and trees but not the flowers which do need sunshine to thrive (don’t we all?)

  • Helping Nature Thrive Campaign, Keep Wildlife Wild

    An Update
    The sub heading to the one above could be “Snooping and Prowling round the Parks”. It’s an occupation I tried out about a week ago and I don’t recommend it. I wanted to give you all some feedback on how well the campaign might be going, had the message made a difference and so on.

  • Colour Palettes in the Park

    Luscious and Lovely
    This is a very self-indulgent blog for which I make no apologies. I have had so many messages from you all about how much you are enjoying the parks and particularly mentioning how well they are looking. And some of our very good photographers have sent me stunning images which my second-hand iPhone 6 cannot match.

  • Help Nature Thrive Campaign

    Keep Wildlife Wild
    Leave No Trace
    The Royal Parks have launched a campaign to run throughout the summer with key objectives:

    1: To remind visitors that the Parks are important refuges for nature and encourage them to adopt behaviour to help nature thrive.

    2: To raise awareness of the threats to biodiversity in both parks (for example climate change, increased visitor footfall, spread of plant and animal diseases).

    3: To publicise what The Royal Parks are doing to help nature in the face of these challenges.

    The campaign is about education, not enforcement.

  • 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.

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