The Richmond Council Parks Team is working to improve the impact, reach and quality of access to parks and open spaces in the borough to residents who experience barriers to access.

Currently the model is being developed in five parks:

The model of accessible Friendly Parks for All has been developed in consultation with several local care charities in order to meet the needs of their clients.

The model includes:

  • Additional seating and resting places
  • Act of Kindness benches to encourage conversations between park users
  • Improved paths and improved access, entrance/exit markers and a meeting point to aid navigation and help orientate yourself within the park
  • Signage and routes marked with specially designed way finders
  • Sensory trails

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 (pdf, 2.9 MB) or contact Frances Bennett by email at

Accessibility guides

Accessibility guides have been developed for all five parks:


As part of the Friendly Parks for All project there are free activities on offer, including monthly accessible wellbeing walks held in association with local charities Ruils and Richmond Borough Mind.

See the Habitats and Heritage events calendar for further details of these and other events. 

2023 activities

2022 activities

Kneller Gardens activities

Kneller Gardens includes an accessible Sensory Trail and Tree Trail. These can be used by visitors to explore and become more familiar with the Park.

View leaflets for:

Carlisle Park Sensory Tree Trail

Carlisle Park includes an accessible Sensory Tree Trail, which allows visitors to navigate the park following the trail whilst getting to know more about the trees here.

Carlisle Park Sensory Tree Trail leaflet (pdf, 1.6 MB)

Heathfield Sensory Trail

Heathfield Recreation Ground includes an accessible Sensory Trail and Sensory Path. There are also plans for an outdoor gym suitable for older people and people with limited mobility.

Heathfield Sensory Trail leaflet (pdf, 1.1 MB) 

Friendly parks for all marker

Updated: 28 November 2022

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