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

  • Blog 19 Chairmans Update - Kensington Gardens

    These are extraordinary times….
    when normally we love to plan, to fix things to look forward to and fill the diary.

    However, one thing we can be absolutely certain of — the seasons roll on. Summer is turning into Autumn.

    Members have told us how much they have enjoyed the Parks, the fresh air and the exercise. There have been problems. The Royal Parks were not alone in facing situations which their staff never dreamed would be part of their jobs.

    We are aiming to keep you all up to date:
    Both Parks flower beds are being cleared ready for the big burst of Autumn planting starting on Monday with an almost military operation.

    The Hyde Park nursery has thousands of trays of plants, specially grown to the horticulturalist planting designs.

  • The Royal Parks partner and promoter IMG have made the incredibly difficult decision, with our agreement, to cancel Hyde Park Winter Wonderland 2020

  • #BeKindtoYourParks Campaign

    BeKindToYourParks Campaign

    The Royal Parks have a launched a Summer of Kindness campaign, with the key messages: enjoy the parks, be kind to others and respect the environment which they hope make people stop and think about the impact of their actions on the parks. The more people who support the campaign the better!

  • Blog 18: A Summer of Kindness

    The Royal Parks launched their campaign in July following an extraordinary few months when “our” two Parks, Kensington Gardens in particular, were almost overwhelmed with visitors who were desperate to get some fresh air and exercise.

    Unfortunately, not all have been well behaved and you will know by now from our Blogs that extra tonnes of litter have been left in their wake.

  • Blog 17: Farewell from our Blogging Technical Officers

    Pat from Hyde writes…
    The past 5 months have been a little strange, to say the least. Having only joined the Hyde Park Team in December I have now spent longer working in lockdown mode than not. The height of lockdown now seems in a distant past, but despite its challenges, there have been numerous silver linings and positive outcomes. One of which being our weekly blogs for The Friends.

  • Blog 16:Happy Birthday NHS

    The Royal Parks have produced the most magnificent bedding display for the NHS outside Buckingham Palace.

    Red, white and blue, the much admired bedding scheme at Buckingham Palace was all ready for the big plant out. The geraniums, some of them breathtakingly tall, and other patriotic coloured plants had been beautifully tended for a year in the Hyde Park nursery.

  • Blog 15: Update of Past and Present Events

    Hyde Park’s events, throughout the ages, have characterised the space, and are arguably the defining feature for this particular Royal Park. From Pink Floyd to Taylor Swift, Rock and Pop concerts have attracted millions of fans to the famous Parade Ground. The BBC Proms provide an eclectic mix of live performances, while the bandstand has recently been revived by none other than the Friends Group for a selection of intimate concerts

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