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

We trust that the level of detail provided will assure the public that all works are being carried out in accordance with our Tree Policy (pdf, 214 KB).

Thames Towpath Closure - Barnes West

Essential tree safety works November 2021

There have been several major tree failures on and across the Thames Towpath over the last three years. The following tree works have been identified by our arboriculturists as essential to maintain the safety of the public.

This will necessitate the Thames Towpath being closed from Hammersmith Bridge to the Verdun Road footpath for two weeks, from 8 to 19 November, Monday to Friday only.

View a full overview of the works:

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Grass cutting programme and shrub and hedge maintenance

Grass verges that are maintained by the Council have been re-categorised into urban highway, rural highway and conservation highway verges. This is in an effort to increase biodiversity and reduce our carbon footprint.

Find out about our approach to managing grass verges and see what category verges by your home belong to.

Shrub beds across the borough are maintained on a monthly basis and hedges will be cut twice a year, once in the winter and once in late summer to allow for nesting season.

Latest borough wide Parks Project Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic unfortunately many projects are on hold. Please see the most recent update:

Find out more about the Parks Improvement Programme 2012-2018.

Wildflower Meadow Programmes

For the last few years Richmond has been carrying out a number of wildflower meadow projects across the borough. Please see the latest update.

Services and facilities 

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