Today I am starting a series of posts on London. Not the traditional Tourist images that are known worldwide but the London that is visible to those that live in this sprawling metropolis.
We start with my backyard, Richmond upon Thames and it’s park. Richmond Park is the largest of London’s Royal parks and at 9.55 km2 is almost 3 times the size of New Yorks Central Park.
The park is home to 650 Red and Fallow deer to which it owes in existence, being initially enclosed by Charles I who moved his Court here to escape the Great Plague.
The park also contains several notable buildings; the Royal Ballets White Lodge (originally a hunting lodge for George I) and Pembroke Lodge former home of the 1847 Prime Minister Lord Russell.
Richmond Park is also the smallest UK National Park, a Site of Special Scientific Interest with several wildlife species including a colony of Red Ringed Parakeets and in 2012 will see the Olympic Cycling Road Races pay a visit.