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 linear park between Marsh Farm Lane and Twickenham station is nearing handover from developer St James to the Council. There is not a certain timescale as yet but it is hoped that the park will be open by September.

To add to this new route, Parks and Network Management are working together to widen and resurface the section of Marsh Farm Lane between the railway and the River Crane footbridges. This will mean closing the path for up to three weeks from Monday 31 July. We are working to ensure there will be access to the allotments during this period, although from the Craneford Way side only. We will be providing details directly to plotholders shortly.

We apologise for any inconvenience during the works. If you have any questions, please contact us.

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
Email: steve.marshall@richmond.gov.uk

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.

Kings Field Skate Park

You must have the an ‘access pass’ to be able to use this skate park facility. An access pass costs £5 and can only be obtained by taking a completed application form to the cafe. If the user is under the age of 16, a parent or guardian must sign the form. The pass will have a photo of the holder displayed and will have the conditions of use and code of conduct printed on the reverse. The onsite attendant will be checking passes on entry to the skate park.

Sessions for under 10s are currently being run in the skate park on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10am to 12 noon.

Download an access pass application form(pdf, 56KB) or pick one up from the park cafe or the park attendant.

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:

Email: parks@richmond.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8891 1411

Updated: 19 October 2017