Help us preserve the peace and beauty of our parks and enjoy exclusive member benefits.
The Friends of Richmond Park are involved in a campaign to protect the cherished historic view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Richmond Park and they are asking for support by signing the petition to stop the construction of a Skyscraper next to St Paul’s. Please go to the ‘News’ Section for more information and how you can help by signing the Friends of Richmond Park’s petition to stop the destruction of the 300 year old historic view.
The association was founded in 1991 by Philip Joseph, who was its President until his death in October 2015. The Friends of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (FHPKG) was formed to ensure that the voice of public users of the Parks was heard, taking into account the mounting pressure the Parks face to fund their upkeep via commercial events.
While recognising that commercial imperatives are unavoidable, the Friends wanted to make sure that a reasonable balance was achieved between them and ensuring the peace and beauty of the parks remain available for everyone’s enjoyment.
In 2016 the Friends gained charitable status.
The Friends is a voluntary organisation, managed by a chairman and committee, all volunteers, who give their time and energy in seeking to achieve the objectives of the Society.
In practice, this involves liaising on a regular basis with the management of the Royal Parks, and all associated organisations operating within Hyde Park & Kensington Gardens, to ensure that issues affecting the general public and their use of the parks are raised and discussed in a timely manner.
The ability of the Friends to represent the interests of the public and to act as a credible lobbying organisation is dependent mainly on the energy and tenaciousness of the chairman and committee.
A small group of volunteers supports FHPKG by manning a kiosk at Hyde Park Corner, providing information and handing out leaflets to the many tourists visiting the Parks.
We welcome new members – the more numerous we are, the more effective we can be!
The aims of the Friends are as valid today as they were 25 years ago, if not more so, as central funding for the upkeep of the parks continues to be reduced. The aims of the Friends are to:
Please donate now to help with the work of the Friends.