We have the largest area of public open space per head of population of any London borough. We have developed the following plans to ensure the quality of our parks remains high.
Following public consultation, we have developed a series of strategic principles by which parks will be managed.
For full details read our strategic principles(pdf, 152KB)
PIP II will focus on continuing the infrastructure improvements which have led to Parks and Open Spaces being highlighted as the most important service to borough residents in the All in One survey (2011).
The programme will further encourage residents and visitors to not only access parks for recreation and leisure but to also become a part of their day to day life within the borough with project striving to meet all Parks Strategic Principles.
In order to retain the current high standards of parks, existing facilities will be improved and new facilities developed in partnership and consultation with borough residents.
Find out more about current park improvements.
The results of the 2017 Parks Satisfaction Survey show that 96% of residents are satisfied with the borough's parks and green spaces. This marks an improvement of 7.01% of those who took part in the 2013 survey, in which 88.94% indicated that they were satisfied.
For full details please see our Parks Customer Satisfaction Survey Report 2017 (pdf, 1.9 MB).
To conserve Richmond’s biodiversity, we need to reverse the decline of valuable species and habitats.
The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP)(pdf, 2644KB) explains how to promote the conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of biological resources.
Richmond’s BAP prioritises habitats and species that are rare, in decline or characteristic of Richmond, and aims to use them to help raise the profile of biodiversity in the borough. The BAP's strategy is based around protecting and celebrating local wildlife and improving the quality of wildlife habitats and the environment in our borough
Our Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) focuses on the protection, conservation and enhancement of wildlife within our borough and encourages proactive conservation from all sectors of the community. The UK Biodiversity Action Plan's recognition that “biodiversity is ultimately lost or conserved at the local level” is central to the design and the implementation of our LBAP.
The key to the success of these Biodiversity Action Plans is their implementation. We are fortunate in this borough to have the support of many local groups, individuals, statutory agencies and land managers who work together to play an important role in the protection and enhancement of these species and habitats.
For full details please see our habitat and species action plans.
Updated: 10 October 2018