Latest parks updates

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

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

Mereway sluice gate replacement

We are planning to start works to replace the existing weir on the River Crane located at the end of Mereway Road. The weir is coming to the end of its 30 year lifespan and its mechanisms will have to be replaced.

We are planning to carry out these works soon. Contractors will be on site from Monday 11 November and may remain for around 3 months.

Alongside the weir replacement, we are hoping to construct a fish pass through Mereway Nature Park, connecting the Duke of Northumberland's River and the River Crane. This will allow fish to reach parts of the River Crane that have previously been limited or inaccessible. This will attract further wildlife and create greater biodiversity in the surrounding areas.

Works for the fish pass are likely to start in January 2020.

Read more about the Mereway Weir replacement project.

Improvements on the Duke's River

The improved river footpath between Kneller Road and Whitton Dene will re-open ahead of schedule on Friday 26 July. Late morning, the Deputy Mayor of Richmond and the Mayor of Hounslow will open the new section and celebrate completion of the overall route between the River Crane at Kneller Gardens and the Thames at Isleworth.

The new gravel path will ensure good all-year access along this part of the river and has been kept along the boundary fence in order to retain more natural vegetation along the bank. Wildflower plugs have been planted along bare sections of the river edge to better connect areas of good wildlife habitat.

Other partners on this project include the Crane Valley Partnership, Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) and the Environment Agency. A leaflet for the whole Duke's River Walk can be found on the FORCE website.

For more information view the project summary (pdf, 1106KB).

Further details will be posted as the work continues or please contact Steve Marshall in the Parks Team at

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

For an update on all parks improvement works that are being carried out in the borough.

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

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, 203 KB).

Services and facilities 

Paddling pools

Paddling pools can be found at:

We aim to open the paddling pools over the second bank holiday weekend in May and keep the paddling pools open until September. However, the pools will only be filled if the 'feels like' temperature is 20 degrees celsius or higher and that little rain is forecast.

If you have any queries about paddling pools, contact us on 020 8891 7075.

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

Updated: 19 November 2019