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Parks and open spaces policies and plans

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.

Nature conservation statement 2019

For full details read our nature conservation statement (pdf, 67 KB)

Strategic principles for parks and open spaces

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)

Parks Improvement Programme (PIP II) 2012 – 2017

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.

Key aims

  • Maintaining and increasing the standards of parks and associated facilities
  • Maximise investment
  • High quality sustainable solutions will be specified
  • Recognition through awards and accolades
  • Continue to be a leader nationally and locally in Green space management and innovation

Key themes

  • Improving access into parks
  • Enhancing play and sporting opportunities for all abilities in parks
  • Upgrading existing and providing new facilities for the community in parks
  • Enhancing biodiversity, horticultural features and the tree stock in parks

Key delivery

  • Providing educational opportunities, preserving the history of/in parks and facilitating arts and culture
  • Celebrating community and providing special occasions in parks through events
  • Using innovation to achieve new ways and technologies which appeal to all
  • Linking borough parks and facilities via the River Thames and towpaths

Find out more about current park improvements.

Parks Customer Satisfaction Survey 2017

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).

Biodiversity Action Plan

To conserve Richmond’s biodiversity, we need to reverse the decline of valuable species and habitats.

The Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) 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.

Habitat and species actions plans

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.

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