The Royal Parks charity is set to embark on phase two of the Greenwich Park restoration project.
Phase two of the Greenwich Park Revealed project is being led by landscaping and civil engineering provider Blakedown Landscapes, with plans to restore the Park’s disappearing 17th century landscape.
With new service facilities planned for the park’s annual visitors, including an improved viewing platform by the General Wolfe statue are also outlined in the second phase.
The project aims to protect the park’s heritage, while expanding valuable acid grassland habitats to improve biodiversity in the area and support local wildlife.
The new viewing platform plans to transform a congested area into an accessible, car-free public space with a new catering kiosk and outdoor seating, and plans to host community events.
The eroded landscape features of the ‘Grand Ascent’ on Observatory Hill which lead up to the Royal Observatory are scheduled to be redefined and reverted back to their original appearance.
The path at the bottom of the hill is set to be widened to increase accessibility, while a tarmac path cutting through the Queen’s Field will be removed and reseeded, creating new green space.
Semi-mature elm and lime trees will replace the damaged Turkey oak and beech tree to increase resilience.
The four-year project is being funded by the Royal Parks charity, with an additional £4.5m grant from the Parks for People programme, jointly funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund.
Work is also underway to transform the private Vanbrugh Yard into a new public space, with a new community garden and learning space in The Wilderness. Restorations to the Flower Garden have been completed with a new wildlife-friendly planting scheme.