Parks improvements

We undertake a continual programme of work to enhance our parks and open spaces.

Customer notice

Part of Marsh Farm Lane will be closed for 3 weeks from 31 July for improvement works.

Find out more

Parks Improvement Programme (PIP II) 2012-2017

For an update on all parks improvement works that are being carried out in the borough.

Find out more about the Parks Improvement Programme 2012-2017.

Twickenham Junction Rough and Marsh Farm Lane

The new park and path at Twickenham Junction Rough is not yet complete. The developer still has work to do and conditions to meet before the land can be transferred to the Council and opened to the public.

We are trying to assist with this process but the responsibility lies with the developer. Our planning team have asked for a timescale, which we anticipate will be in terms of weeks.

We will continue to update this page accordingly as the project develops.

Improvements on the Duke's River

The two new sections of path along the Duke of Northumberland's River between Kneller Gardens and Kneller Road in Twickenham are being well used and the new marginal vegetation in the concrete channel north of the A316 has transformed this reach for visitors and wildlife alike. We hope that the next section of the path alongside Twickenham Stadium will be completed over the next 12 months.

Hounslow Council are also making improvements on the river in Isleworth and a new leaflet for the whole Duke's River Walk can be found on Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) website. Interpretation boards and signposts will be installed this summer. Other partners in this project include the Crane Valley Partnership, Green Corridor, the Mayor of London and the Environment Agency.

For more information view the project summary(pdf, 1106KB)

Further details will be posted as they are confirmed, or contact Steve Marshall in the Parks Team:

Phone: 020 8891 7496

Wildflower Meadow Programmes

For the last few years Richmond has been carrying out a number of wildflower meadow projects across the borough. The meadows that we have been and still are creating vary from Poppy Meadows to commemorate the centenary of World War 1, to Urban Meadows that are more long lasting and sustainable.

More information about Wildflower Meadows(pdf, 200KB).

Services and facilities 

Paddling pools

Paddling pools can be found at:

For any inquiries relating to paddling pools please contact us on 020 8891 7075.

Shade and shelter

We permit the use of private awnings and open sided gazebos in our parks and open spaces for the use of shade and shelter. Closed gazebos are not permitted.

Japanese Knotweed

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) is an invasive species that originates from Japan and parts of Asia. Originally brought over by the Victorians to add to their plant collections, it has since thrived and without its natural predators spread throughout the English countryside. Due to its vigorous growth (through tarmac and concrete) and spread, combined with its resilience to treatment, it has become a major problem and rapidly out-competes our native plants reducing biodiversity.

For information on how to control and remove Japanese Knotweed please visit GOV.UK.

If you identify Japanese Knotweed on Council land, please contact us with as many details as possible (and if possible a photo) so that we can take the necessary steps to remove it.

Dog play areas

Richmond has two sites in the borough which have specific dog play areas, one is in North Sheen Recreation Ground and the other is a new 'Bark Park' at Chase Green. Dog walking is welcomed within our other parks and open spaces, such as Palewell Common and Sheen Common and many others.

However, all parks and open spaces are controlled by a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which imposes various restrictions to dog control.

Contact the Parks Department

Send your comments and feedback about our projects to:

Telephone: 020 8891 1411

Updated: 2 March 2018