Richmond Park

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Richmond Park is the largest Royal Park and has existed in its current form since 1697 when Charles I enclosed it for hunting deer. Over the centuries deer have continued to shape the way the park looks and develops. Roughly 350 red deer and 300 fallow deer still live in the park today.In addition to Richmond Park itself this site also includes Sudbrook Park and Richmond Park Golf Courses, as well as Ham, Petersham, Sheen and Palewell Commons. Together, these form a vast area of high quality wildlife habitats. Acid grassland is the most extensive, as well as woodland (ancient and plantation), and a variety of wetlands (including the Beverley Brook).Richmond Park is London's largest Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is also a National Nature Reserve and a Special Area of Conservation (EU Habitats Directive). Richmond Park won a Green Flag Award again in 20089. Richmond Active Living Scheme, and Kingston and Wandsworth Health Walks projects use this site - all Walking the Way to Health (WHI) schemes; see links for details.

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