Latest parks updates

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

Barnes Towpath West: Coppicing, Pollarding and major tree safety works

Richmond Council will be undertaking essential safety works to trees along the Thames Towpath, between Hammersmith Bridge and Small Profit Dock Open Space, commencing February/March 2020.

Our works description document (pdf, 7.0 MB) outlines the rationale behind the works to each tree in detail on Barnes Towpath West, starting March 2nd 2020, this also includes a map of the works (pdf, 1.0 MB). We have also written an introduction (pdf, 301 KB), explaining the principles behind these works and our approach to essential tree management and safety works in areas accessible by the public.

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). The West London River Group, Port of London Authority and Ward Councillors are all aware of the work taking place.

Barnes Towpath East: felling, coppicing and major tree works

Our works description document (pdf, 6.4 MB) outlines the rationale behind the current tree works on Barnes Towpath East, starting in the week beginning 18 November 2019. 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). The West London River Group, Port of London Authority and Ward Councillors are all aware of the work taking place.

Grass cutting programme and shrub and hedge maintenance

Please be advised that council managed parks and highway verges will be cut regularly over a two to three week period during the grass growing season. 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:

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

Updated: 17 July 2020