The Royal Parks has published a new Biodiversity Framework for 2020 to 2030 which is designed to to give direction and flexibility to making the Royal Parks healthier, more resilient and better connected for wildlife and people.
The landscapes and wildlife of the Royal Parks have both shaped and been shaped by human activity since before the parks’ creation nearly 600 years ago. The importance of biodiversity in the 5,000 acres of historic parkland in the heart of London is reflected in the names of the parks – from The Green Park to Bushy Park. In recent years, The Royal Parks has become a leader in the protection and encouragement of wildlife within public parks
Much action for biodiversity is being delivered in the parks despite the pandemic, by volunteers when restrictions allow, park staff, Friends groups, conservation groups and contractors. Extensive restoration of ponds across Richmond is matched by improving great crested newt habitats in Bushy. Hedgerows and scrub have been planted in central parks whilst grass cutting has been relaxed to support new meadows as part of the Greenwich Park Revealed Project.
As part of the delivery of the Framework the Parks are confirming which key and characteristic habitats and species should be surveyed and monitored, and by what methods. Their aim is to further deliver sensitive and sustainable access to nature for the growing number of people who use the parks.