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Members also receive the Friends Newsletter, printed and sent out (or delivered - by Friends volunteers) 3 times a year. It presents the most relevant news items as well as details of forthcoming events. The front page of the most recent edition is on this website under Newsletter.
Park Closing Times
Park Closing Times
The current Greenwich Park closing time of 7pm will be maintained while the coronavirus measures are in place. A number of people are not following the social distancing guidelines and this will help the police cover one of the busiest times of the day.
For a similar reason, as well as the Flower Garden, The Rose Garden and the Herb Garden have now also been closed, as people have continued to congregate round the benches there.
Latest Royal Parks’ Update
We have received this further update from The Royal Parks.
"You will have seen that Boris Johnson has set very clear guidelines for us all over the coming few weeks which will mean effectively a lockdown for the UK with tight restrictions on movements. He did confirm that parks can stay open, for essential daily exercise, be that a walk, run or cycle.
People are permitted to exercise once a day, either alone or with members of their immediate household, but all other gatherings in the parks of more than two people are banned and will be dispersed by the police.
If you're visiting a park to get your essential daily exercise, please:
• Stay at least 2m away from each other
• Avoid all gatherings - no more than two people together
• Don't drive to our parks or use public transport
We believe that now more than ever, we play a vital role in the physical and mental wellbeing of the nation and, by following these rules, we can keep London's parks open for everyone who needs them.
To help people visit our parks safely we've made a number of changes that you can read about on our website."
Do please pass this message on to others.
Postonement or Cancellation of Friends' and Park Events and Activities
Since the Friends’ latest Newsletter went to press early this week, government and other advice and instructions in relation to the spread of coronavirus have moved on considerably. This means that it contains announcements of some events which have now been postponed or cancelled. The current situation is as follows.
The London Marathon has been delayed until the autumn; the EURO2020 Fanzone postponed for a year; and the Drop-ins in the Wildlife Centre cancelled for March and April. All three Bird Walks arranged for 29 March and 3 and 16 May will not take place, while the meeting of the History Research Group scheduled for 6 June has been deferred. The Queen’s Orchard and the children’s playground have been closed to the public until further notice; and The Royal Parks’ community and education programmes and volunteer activities have been cancelled until the end of April for now.
The Friends’ Committee has now decided that the Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 4 May, should also be postponed until later in the year.
Our own summer concerts in the Observatory Garden and at the Bandstand are still due to go ahead, but the decision will be reviewed nearer the time in the light of the then situation.
In the meantime we shall keep you posted on any further developments. You can also check for Royal Parks’ updates at www.royalparks.org.uk/coronavirus.
Do please pass this message on to any member whom you think may not be on our mailing list or have access to our website.
Royal Parks’ Update
We have received the following update from The Royal Parks on their latest coronavirus response:
“The Royal Parks remain open and are vitally important at this time. However, social distancing, as set out by the Government, is absolutely crucial. We have, therefore, taken the decision to close all our cafes and kiosks with immediate effect as people are not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
We have also made the decision, based on police advice, to close roads to traffic in the outer parks; Richmond, Bushy and Greenwich Parks. (Gates remain open for pedestrians and cyclists).
We will keep this situation under constant review. If people do not follow social distancing guidelines, we will have no choice but to consider closing the parks.”
Please do observe the distancing guidelines so that the Park remains open.
You can keep up to date with developments at www.royalparks.org.uk/coronavirus. Do please pass this message on to others.
History Research Group Meetings CANCELLED
The next meeting of the History Research Group has been cancelled.
The date of the next meeting will be determined as soon as rapidly changing circumstances allow.
CANCELATION of the next 2 Drop-ins and Sunday Bird Walk
In the light of the current CV19 situation, the next 2 drop-in sessions at the end of March and April will not take place. The Wildlife Centre is small and it would be difficult for visitors to be well spaced out, thus risking the health of visitors and the volunteers.
The Sunday BirdWalk on 29th March has also ben cancelled.
The situation will be kept under review and we will announce any further changes on the website and on the notice boards In Greenwich Park.
The Royal Parks Movement Strategy
The Royal Parks has embarked on an exciting and ambitious journey to develop a Movement Strategy that will influence movement and transportation throughout its parks and London.
Engagement Phase Two
The Royal Parks are pleased to share their Movement Strategy for public comment. This is a result of input and support from park users and key stakeholders, as well as consideration for the parks’ strategic goals and priorities. To learn more about their previous engagement work, click here
EURO 2020 Fanzone Licensing Application
The Greater London Authority have submitted a licence application to the Royal Borough of Greenwich for a premises licence under the Licensing Act 2003 for a Fan Zone for the screening of football matches and hosting community events during the Euro 2020 Tournament from 12th June to 15th July. (Reference 10324)
On 19 February 2020, we submitted our response.