Parks improvements

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

Improvements on the Duke's River

The installation of marginal vegetation north of Kneller Road was completed in four days as scheduled in September 2018. Around 274m of river edge habitat has now been created as part of the project, providing good connectivity for wildlife north of the A316.

The laying of the gravel path on this section has been put back to February or March. This path will be slightly narrower than that created further upstream in order to retain more natural vegetation. A longer path closure will be in place at that time, with advance notice given here and on site.

Other partners on this project include the Crane Valley Partnership, Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE) and the Environment Agency. A leaflet for the whole Duke's River Walk can be found on the FORCE website.

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

Further details will be posted as the work continues or please contact Steve Marshall in the Parks Team at

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.

Latest Borough wide Parks Project Update

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

Twickenham Junction Rough was officially opened by Cllr Elengorn on Sunday 14 October 2018.

He cut the ribbon at 12.30pm at the Brewery Wharf end. Councillors from neighbouring wards, Council members and developers then took a short walk through the park to meet with the Friends of the River Crane Environment (FORCE), who were holding a volunteer day. The event was organised by FORCE volunteers and members of the Parks team (Yvonne Kelleher and Hugo Ross-Tatum).

Find out more about Twickenham Rough.

Ham Common Woods: Woodland management works

This month we are undertaking works to improve the conservation value of the Common's woodland area north of Ham Gate Avenue. This programme is smaller than in previous years.

The work, funded in part by the Forestry Commission, will selectively reduce the amount of holly in the understorey in some areas to increase light and space in the woodland, aimed at benefiting flora, invertebrates and small birds. Non-native trees will also be removed. Paths will be opened up, but no clearings created. Brash and deadwood will be left in habitat piles and woodchips will be thinly laid on paths. Any paint markings seen are not permanent.

The works will take place on eight days spread over three weeks, starting on Monday 14 January. Please do follow any safety signage or the requests of the team members.

We thank you for your patience at this time.

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: 14 January 2019