A new video campaign from the Royal Parks celebrates the best bits in all eight of its parks - and highlights the efforts being made to bring in extra income to fund them.
Shot throughout 2015/16, the Park Stories video shows the versatility of the parks throughout the seasons.
The parks cost about £36m each year to manage, of which about 65 per cent is raised by The Royal Parks itself. The video highlights some of the areas where more income is being sought to reinvest in green spaces, whether through catering, concessions or the £9m worth of events held each year.
History, heritage, flora and fauna also feature, including: Richmond and Bushy Parks which are both Special Sites of Scientific Interest; the protected view of St Paul's Cathedral from Richmond and the iconic views of the city from Greenwich Park and Primrose Hill as well as probably the most famous street in London, The Mall.
These environments are home to an abundance of wildlife and waterfowl including wild deer, ducks, swans, bees, butterflies and bats, along with all the visitors who have numerous reasons for being there. The strap line for the video is: one city, eight parks, millions of stories. The Royal Parks is encouraging park users to share their stories using the hash tag – #parkstories.
First published www.hortweek.com, 3 August 2016, written by Elizabeth Henry