Queen To Visit Richmond Park
The park will be closed to traffic between Roehampton & Sheen Gates
As part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this community event, will be on the sports pitches near Roehampton Gate on May 15. Under the title of “Wild London” it will host a wide range of displays, stands and performances.
The site will be open to the public from 10.30 to 5.30. The Queen herself will arrive at around 2.30pm, entering the Park via Sheen Gate, going to the sports pitches for an hour and then leaving toward Richmond Gate.
During the Queen’s visit, Sir David Attenborough will be inaugurating the Jubilee Pond, which is the first pond in the Ponds and Streams Programme. The inauguration will be at 1 pm for 10-15 minutes, so you will need to be prompt!
Jubilee Pond will be located by the white bridge on the road from Sheen Cross to the Royal Ballet School, so is very close to the Wild London site. You can find the location at http://tinyurl.com/cosh5d3.
Jubilee Pond is very generously supported by the conservation charity Healthy Planet, who have already supported the Sand Martin nest bank and two tree planting projects in the Park in the last 18 months. They have offered to match pound-for-pound all public donations to the Pond. There is an online facility for donating on the Friends of Richmond Park website by May 15.
The Friends of Richmond Park will have a large marquee in the Conservation Zone (at the back of the site, with the stream behind it). They will have a display of the History Project and Poems in the Park in the Inspiration Zone and a display of the Ponds and Streams Programme in The Royal Parks/Richmond Park Wildlife Group’s stand. Actors from Lamda will be reading some of the poems at a performance area at the site at 12.00 and 3.30 (these timings may change).
Please note that the road between Richmond Gate roundabout and Roehampton Gate roundabout will be closed all day; Sheen Gate will also be closed to vehicles. There will be no parking near the event; Sheen Lane car park will be closed all day and Roehampton Gate car park is likely to be full from very early; other car parks are likely to be very busy. All pedestrian gates will be open as usual and there will be ample cycle parking.