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Old Football Pitches, Hyde Park: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is taking place in London from 16-20 April. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is leading on this event and it requires the Old Football Pitches in Hyde Park as part of its arrangements.

The Royal Parks have been working very closely with the FCO to minimise the disruption to park users and they are pleased to report that the FCO has now approved their request for ‘lay-and-play’ turf to be laid after the event.

This high-quality turf allows reinstatement to be completed and use to recommence more quickly, and as a result we hope that the area will now be re-opened in mid-June.

The speed of reinstatement is dependent on several factors including the weather, and as a result The Royal Parks are unable to give a specific date when the area will be fully reopened. However, they will work hard to complete it as quickly as possible.

Further information on the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting can be found at CHOGM2018

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