Parks improvements

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

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.

Parks Improvement Programme (PIP II) 2012-2018

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.

Twickenham Junction Rough and Marsh Farm Lane

The developer has now completed the soil remediation required by the planning condition for the new park and path. This means the transfer of the land to us is now finally underway which should take a matter of weeks. Once the date of exchange is known, a date will be set for opening.

Improvements on the Duke's River

The two new sections of path along the Duke of Northumberland's River between Kneller Gardens and Kneller Road in Twickenham are being well used and the new marginal vegetation in the concrete channel north of the A316 has transformed this reach for visitors and wildlife alike. We hope that the next section of the path alongside Twickenham Stadium will be completed over the next 12 months.

Hounslow Council are also making improvements on the river in Isleworth and a new leaflet for the whole Duke's River Walk can be found on Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) website. Interpretation boards and signposts will be installed this summer. Other partners in this project include the Crane Valley Partnership, Green Corridor, the Mayor of London and the Environment Agency.

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

Further details will be posted as they are confirmed, or contact Steve Marshall in the Parks Team:

Phone: 020 8891 7496

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, 200KB).

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: 12 June 2018