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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 Annual Report provides further news on developments within the Parks and Friends events.

  • 2021 Begins in The Royal Parks

    “Ring out, wild bells,….. Ring out the old, ring in the new,….”

    from ‘In Memorium’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson

    And so we creep into 2021 and still there’s uncertainty and anxiety. I hope that, having survived the oddest Christmas and New Year, offers of the Vaccine will be rolling towards you any day soon.

  • Blog 29 Sculpture Edition

    When we’ve reached the time of year when darkness is considerably longer than daylight it’s hard, sometimes, to stay cheerful.

    Even on a very cold, damp day though, we really enjoyed the newest treats to arrive in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Sculptor Tom Harvey has created, thanks to Mission Invertebrate (funded by the People’s Post Code Lottery), sculptures using fallen or felled Park trees, to give us some wooden gems to search out and enjoy.

  • Blog 28 Opera Themes from The Royal College of Music

    at least for a day in Hyde Park opera soared amongst the leafy glades.

    The production of ‘Opera Scenes’ from our neighbouring Conservatoire, the Royal College of Music (RCM), would normally, be a keenly anticipated show to packed audiences in their own Britten Theatre.

  • Blog 27 Operation Centaur & Friends Reaches 700 Members

    This exotic name isn’t the title of a new Ben Macintyre book. Regular visitors to both Parks may well have seen this project in action.

    At about mid-morning you may see a large horsebox rumbling along Policeman’s Path towards the Old Police House in Hyde Park. As it passes you may also notice, through its tiny windows, pairs of pricked up ears.

    Giant Shire horses leisurely disembark and are ready for their days work. Roughly three times a year they visit each of the rough meadow areas at Buck Hill (Kensington Gardens) and in the north of Hyde Park.

  • Blog 26 Why do we use the Parks?

    As we plan for the future and the financial challenges we now face, we’re looking at how we can improve people’s experiences in The Parks even further. The Royal Parks are hoping to analyse the interests of longstanding visitors who have recently discovered The Royal Parks as a result of lockdown, to learn more about visitors’ interests, preferred methods of accessing information and behaviour in The Parks.

  • Blog 25 AGM

    It is a great shame that we are unable to meet properly in person for our AGM this year. I hope it will not be too long before we are able to meet more informally at a Friends’ event, preferably one where we may have a glass in our hands and raise a toast to the resumption of our normal activities in support of our wonderful parks and their magnificent staff.

  • New Benches in Kensington Gardens

    An important aspect of our wonderful Parks is to be able to sit and enjoy the borders, birds and wildlife, energy expanded by others etc. The Parks have recently focused on the benches in The Park to make that a more comfortable activity.

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