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Richmond Park

Royal Park in London, England
Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

Richmond Park is a 955 hectare (2,360 acres) park in outer London. Originally, it was outside London, in Surrey. It is now in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

The park was created by Charles I in the 17th century as a deer park.[1] It is the largest of London's Royal Parks. It is of national and international importance for wildlife conservation. The park is a national nature reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Area of Conservation. It is included, at Grade I, on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England.

It is the largest of the eight Royal Parks in London, and is famous for red and fallow deer.[2] It is about three times the size of Central Park in New York (341 hectares or 843 acres).[3]

Notable features in the park include Pembroke Lodge, once the home of the British Prime Minister Lord John Russell. Also in the park is White Lodge, home of the Royal Ballet School and once a royal residence. One house in the park, Thatched House Lodge, is the residence of Princess Alexandra.

The park is fully open to the public, with access by road, bicycles and pedestrians.

ReferencesEdit

  1. That is, a place to keep deer for hunting.
  2. http://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/richmond-park Richmond Park
  3. "FAQ – Central Park". CentralPark.com. Retrieved 6 February 2015.