The Royal Parks
The Royal Parks is the charity managing 5,000 acres of precious green space across London
The Royal Parks is a charity that looks after eight parks:
- Hyde Park,
- The Green Park,
- Richmond Park,
- Greenwich Park,
- St James's Park,
- Bushy Park,
- The Regent's Park, and
- Kensington Gardens,
as well as a handful of other sites such as Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens.
The history of the Royal Parks dates back 500 years to King Henry VIII who enclosed them as his royal hunting grounds. They became public parks in 1851 and are now managed by the charity on behalf of the nation. They welcome 77 million visitors a year and offer a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The Royal Parks are also of huge ecological importance and are home to hundreds of thousands of trees and plants, and a wealth of wildlife.
This year, thanks to the players of People's Postcode Lottery, thousands of grassland creatures will be under the spotlight as part of Mission: Invertebrate. This year-long programme will raise awareness of the important role these minibeasts play in our everyday lives. At the same time, it will provide park teams with invaluable insight into how they can manage grasslands and meadows to improve their biodiversity.
Over the next eight months, visitors will have a chance to play their part through several citizen science projects, encouraging members of the public to become budding scientists and get involved with real-life research. There are also plans for a host of invertebrate-inspired family activities focussing on some of the fascinating creatures found in the parks from spiders, dragonflies and grasshoppers to worms, butterflies and moths.
And this summer, you might even catch a glimpse of a giant snail sliding through the parks offering the opportunity for children to get close to nature and learn more about the miniature world of invertebrates.