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There is something for everyone on offer in our parks and open spaces. 

Types of activities

Visit Friendly Parks for All to find out more about the types of facilities and activities available in our parks and open spaces. Other activities can be found in the event listings compiled by Habitats and Heritage.

Wellbeing walks

We have regular Health Walks and Wellbeing Walks throughout the borough which make use of parks and open spaces.

Accessible Wellbeing Walks are run in partnership with Richmond Borough Mind and Ruils. Please note that these organisations are separate from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

We encourage participants to register for Accessible Wellbeing Walks as we need to know if they require assistance or a volunteer to push the wheelchair. For more information, contact

List of outdoor learning providers

We have compiled a list of outdoor learning providers in the borough(pdf, 450KB).

Please note that these organisations are separate from the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Forest Schools

Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning that encourages and inspires individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

Forest School Leader Training

The nationally recognised qualification for Forest School Leadership practice in the UK, run by Greenbow Training.

Sessions take place on Ham Lands. Contact Patrick Harrison for further information:

Telephone: 07939 004 971

Wild Play and Learning in Nature

Fun, inspiring Forest School and bush craft sessions run by Kingston Forest School, engaging all involved to connect and learn in nature. Use of tools, fire and shelter building, team games, natural crafts and creativity.

Sessions take place in Ham Common Woods, and include both term time activities and holiday camps. Contact Cath for further information:

Telephone: 07973 371 133

Forest School Workshops

Holiday Forest School Workshops for Alexandra Infant School and St. Paul's CofE Junior School run by Maria Sprostranova. Volunteering opportunities as Professional Development for local Teachers/TA's and all Professionals working with children and young people.

Sessions take place on Ham Lands, and include holiday workshops run from 10am to 3pm. Contact Maria Sprostranova for information:

Telephone: 07737 644 119
Website: LinkedIn

Tree House Learning Forest School

Tree House Learning provide quality Forest School sessions in the Ham Common Woods.

Various sessions are run throughout the week for different age groups. Contact April Gutensohn for further information:

Telephone: 07985 969 416

Wild Education Forest School

Wild Education offer Forest School activities for schools, as well as pre-school and after school activities.

Sessions take place in Sheen Common Wood. Contact Ellie Wrigglesworth for further information:


Wild Learning Holiday Club

Let your children come and have wild fun in the woods, they will come home tired, dirty and happy!

Sessions take place at Kings Ride, Sheen Common. Contact Wild Learning for further information:

Telephone: 01483 424 400

Seeds of Change newsletter

The Seeds of Change project aims to encourage more use of parks and open spaces by local people.

For more details about the project read the Seeds of Change newsletter or contact Frances Bennett by email at

Updated: 12 December 2023

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