Become a Richmond Park Friend

The Friends of Richmond Park

                                                                                                     

                                                                                              (Photo by Rebecca Hunt)

Who are we?

The Friends of Richmond Park is a charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of Richmond Park and its peace and natural beauty for the benefit of the public and future generations” and to “advance public education about the Park.

The Friends is entirely volunteer run; with 2500 members, of whom 200 do volunteer work with us. Our patrons are Sir David Attenborough, Dame Jacqueline Wilson (the distinguished author of books for young people) and Baroness Kramer of Richmond Park (former MP for the area).

The Friends of Richmond Park was founded in 1961 as a result of public concern about the steady urbanisation of Richmond Park. That continues to be one of our major concerns.

What do we do?

  • Conservation: we fund conservation projects in the Park (2-3 a year), undertake practical conservation work and work with Park management on conservation.

  • Public education: we operate the Park Visitor Centre with its annual 40,00 visitors, organise 25 walks and talks a year, provide education activities for young people, and have a Tread Lightly public campaign to encourage greater respect for the Park.

  • Volunteering: Friends members staff the Visitor Centre, do practical conservation work, organise our Discoverers education programme and monitor events in the Park

  • Public issues: we are involved in lobbying on issues such as policing, traffic including cycling, local planning issues and control, of sporting events

  • Publications: we have published the Friends’ Guide to Richmond Park and Family Trails, and have a very successful annual calendar and Christmas cards. All profits go to conservation projects.

  • Communications: we have three printed newsletters a year and a monthly e-mail for members giving news on the Park, a website and Facebook/Twitter

Why should you join the Friends?

As a Friend of Richmond Park you will enjoy :

  • Three Friends' Newsletters each year

  • A monthly e-Bulletin with latest park news, Richmond Park and Isabella Diaries

  • Free entry to our 7-8 Friends' Talks a year

  • The opportunity to volunteer in one of our groups (all volunteers must be FRP members)

  • Access to information about the Park, maps etc.

  • Making new friends and the companionship of like-minded people

What does it cost?

Current annual subscription rates are: individual £10; household £15.
Your subscription supports the Friends' work in:

  • Conservation (funding projects, pressing for improvements) … but most important helping to conserve the Park, e.g. our funding of the Beverley Brook restoration.

  • The education of young people, directly and via schools

  • Public information (staffing the Visitor Centre, booklets etc.)

  • Lobbying to preserve the Park's beauty and tranquillity and prevent harmful developments

Join Now

You will be helping to protect and secure the future of Richmond Park, a world class natural habitat for fauna and flora, not to mention a magnificent, peaceful environment for people to enjoy.

Membership Form

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