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Royal Parks
Richmond Park was created as a deer park.

Royal Parks

London can boast of 8 Royal Parks. They are all managed by The Royal Parks Trust and cover almost 5,000 acres. The Royal Parks Trust is also responsible for other green spaces in the capital such as Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, the gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street and Grosvenor Square Garden.

What do you know about the Royal Parks of London?

1.
Green Park was created in 1660. Why?
Charles II wanted to walk from Hyde Park to St James’ without leaving Royal soil
For Londoners to hold a summer fair
To stop developers building on the land
For Henry VIII to hunt in
Green Park is also where King Charles II liked to take his daily walk or ‘constitutional’, hence the name of the road Constitution Hill today
2.
There are pelicans to be found in which of these Royal Parks?
Greenwich Park
Richmond Park
St James’ Park
Hyde Park
Pelicans were first introduced into St James' Park in 1664 as a gift from the Russian ambassador
3.
Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks. What is its size in square miles?
0.54 square miles
3.69 square miles
5.37 square miles
9.78 square miles
It is roughly 3 times the size of New York’s Central Park but half the size of Madrid’s Casa de Campo
4.
The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon takes place annually during October. It both starts and finishes in Hyde Park but also passes through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’ Park and Kensington Gardens. Which was its inaugural year?
1929
1976
1999
2008
The event was set up as a fundraising initiative to raise money for The Royal Parks Foundation and UK charities. In its first 7 years, it raised over 20 million pounds for more than 500 UK charities
5.
The famous Peter Pan statue is a much-loved feature of which park?
Regents Park
Kensington Gardens
Greenwich Park
St James’ Park
The creator of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, lived close to Kensington Gardens and in 1912 commissioned Sir George Frampton to build the statue
6.
Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels frequently mention the headquarters of MI6 as a "tall, grey building" near which Royal Park?
Bushy Park
Victoria Tower Gardens
Grosvenor Square Gardens
Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park was created by architect John Nash for the Prince Regent, later George IV, as part of a scheme including Regent Street and Carlton House
7.
Which of the following may NOT be adopted in the parks?
Trees
Roses
Deer
Fountains
Benches may be a more traditional option but why not go for a rose?
8.
Hyde Park is NOT home to which of the following?
The Serpentine Lake
Speakers’ Corner
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain
Rodin’s Burghers of Calais statue
The Burghers of Calais statue is in Victoria Tower Gardens. It was completed in 1889 and represents a period in the Hundred Years' War when the French port of Calais was under siege by the English for over a year
9.
Which of these is not a Royal Park?
Bushy Park
Richmond Park
Battersea Park
Kensington Gardens
Battersea Park is operated by Wandsworth Council
10.
Which Royal Park contains no planted flowerbeds?
Kensington Gardens
Green Park
Grosvenor Square Gardens
Greenwich Park
It is often said that this is because Charles II’s wife discovered he’d been picking flowers there for his mistress and ordered them all to be uprooted

 

Author:  Augusta Harris

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