Once you’ve crossed the finish line and have a big shiny medal around your neck, you’ll be able to soak up the festival vibes with your friends and family at the Picnic in the Park within our Event Village. With live music, delicious food and drink and kids entertainment courtesy of Sharky & George, it’s by far the best Event Village out there and the perfect way to celebrate your amazing achievement.
Richmond Park is a very special place; it is London’s largest Royal Park and the capital’s most diverse open space for wildlife. It is the UK’s most popular National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a European Special Area of Conservation.
Richmond Park is home to:
Richmond Park is under intense human pressure. Visitor numbers have now passed 5.5 million per year (plus through traffic).
Sir David Attenborough, Patron, Friends of Richmond Park: “Richmond Park is a very special place. It’s a miracle it’s survived. But, with nearly 5.5m visitors per year, the Park and its wildlife have never been under greater pressure. Please help us to protect this fragile environment for future generations”
Only three major annual events are permitted in Richmond Park. You are privileged. Have a great run. Please treat Richmond Park with love and respect and help leave it in better shape.
Deer: remember they have right of way. They’re wild, and may be aggressive as it’s the rut season.
Litter: don’t leave any. Even the smallest thing can look attractive to deer who eat things like gel strips’ packaging, which remain in their stomachs, accumulate, and eventually some starve to death.
Trees: care for them. There are about 1,200 ancient veteran trees, some of which are 700 years old. Ancient trees, particularly oaks, have great historic and ecological importance.
Acid grassland: tread lightly. Help us protect the special habitat that acid grasslands provide for fragile wildlife communities, including butterflies and other insects, spiders, wildflowers, fungi, reptiles, birds and
Dead wood: this is someone’s home. The Stag Beetle is one of 34 endangered species of beetle that have found a haven in Richmond Park. Please do not disturb the piles of dead wood where they live.
Dogs: keep on the lead is designated areas and controlled at all times. Uncontrolled dogs can scare, injure and even kill the wildlife in the Park.
The Friends of Richmond Park was founded over 50 years ago to conserve and protect Richmond Park for future generations. With patrons including Sir David Attenborough, they have 2,000 members, of which over 150 regularly do volunteer work in the Park. Thee Friends of Richmond Park fund conservation projects, organise walks, courses and events for young people, and publish The Guide to Richmond Park and Family Trails in Richmond Park, both available at local bookshops and online. Volunteer to help them continue their good work at www.frp.org.uk and follow them on Facebook.