16 episodes

A podcast that explores the hidden stories of the eight Royal Parks in London

Hidden Stories of The Royal Parks The Royal Parks

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A podcast that explores the hidden stories of the eight Royal Parks in London

    Episode 15: Parties in the Park

    Episode 15: Parties in the Park

    In this summer special, Learning Manager and music fan Richard Pering takes a look at the amazing concerts which have taken place in Hyde Park over the years. From Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones in the 1960's, all the way up to the last British Summer Time in 2019, before the 2020 and 2021 gigs were cancelled due to the pandemic.

    Joining him on his musical quest is someone who knows more than a little about how to host the world's biggest bands, Jess Chambers, Events Communications Manager for The Royal Parks. 

    Jess takes us behind the scenes look at these events, the history of how they came to be held here, and what it takes to make them happen, as well as why she can sometimes be found back stage, other times walking through the streets around the park to see what she can hear...


    About The Royal Parks: 
    The Royal Parks is the charity that exists to make sure London’s eight historic royal parks will always be there to enrich the lives of local residents and visitors to London. 
    The charity looks after eight of London’s largest open spaces: Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Kensington Gardens. 
     
    For more information visit www.royalparks.org.uk 
    Follow The Royal Parks on social media:
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    • 21 min
    Episode 14: Helping Nature Thrive

    Episode 14: Helping Nature Thrive

    In this episode, host Kristen Mueller delves into the many ways that we can help nature in the parks thrive. To help her she’s joined by our Biodiversity Manager Peter Lawrence and Volunteer Officer Jo Hayward.
    Peter is the person whose wide ranging job it is to promote the flourishing of plants and wildlife in all eight Royal Parks. Here he talks about habitat creation, wildlife conservation and how the parks can thrive as both havens for wildlife and for human recreation. 
    Jo, as her job title suggests, helps coordinate our brilliant Volunteer Rangers who carry out a vital role in the parks, keeping visitors informed about the parks and their wildlife. Jo tells us all about the deer in Richmond & Bushy parks and how best to enjoy them – by giving them space.
     
    About The Royal Parks: 
    The Royal Parks is the charity that exists to make sure London’s eight historic royal parks will always be there to enrich the lives of local residents and visitors to London. 
    The charity looks after eight of London’s largest open spaces: Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Kensington Gardens. 
     
    For more information visit www.royalparks.org.uk 
    Follow The Royal Parks on social media:
    Twitter @TheRoyalParks
    Facebook @TheRoyalParksLondon 
    Instagram @TheRoyalParks
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)

    • 27 min
    Episode 13: National Gardening Week with Grow2Know

    Episode 13: National Gardening Week with Grow2Know

    In this episode, recorded for National Gardening Week, host Laura McMahon talks to Tayshan Hayden-Smith and Danny Clarke of charity Grow2Know. Tayshan, a lifelong resident of the community around Grenfell Tower, founded the charity in 2017 to bring residents together through the power of collective action, creating green spaces in the community designed to uplift and unify. Danny Clarke, AKA The Black Gardener, is a garden designer and TV presenter as well as being a Director of Grow2Know. Together they discuss the importance of horticulture to physical and mental health, the difficulties faced by people of diverse backgrounds in a mainly white and often affluent-seeming industry, how to make it appeal to all and how they’re building an RHS Chelsea garden in honour of the Mangrove 9.


    About The Royal Parks: 
    The Royal Parks is the charity that exists to make sure London’s eight historic royal parks will always be there to enrich the lives of local residents and visitors to London. 
    The charity looks after eight of London’s largest open spaces: Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Kensington Gardens. 
    For more information visit www.royalparks.org.uk 
    Follow The Royal Parks on Twitter @theroyalparks, Facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon and Instagram.com/TheRoyalParks
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)

    • 45 min
    Episode 12: Women In The Parks

    Episode 12: Women In The Parks

    In this episode, recorded as part of Women’s History Month, our Interpretation Manager Lucy Kellett explores the stories of some of the great women associated with The Royal Parks. 
    To do this she is joined by Claire Harris, Brompton Cemetery’s Partnership & Community Outreach Officer. Claire’s work involves researching and communicating the unique stories of Brompton’s residents, among whom are Emmaline Pankhurst – founder of the Women's Social and Political Union, otherwise known as the Suffragettes. Starting with Emmaline, Claire and Lucy tell the tale of how voting rights for women were achieved as well as the stories of other extraordinary women who pushed the boundaries in their own fields, fighting for equality.  

    About The Royal Parks: 
    The Royal Parks is the charity that exists to make sure London’s eight historic royal parks will always be there to enrich the lives of local residents and visitors to London. 
    The charity looks after eight of London’s largest open spaces: Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Kensington Gardens. 
    For more information visit www.royalparks.org.uk 
    Follow The Royal Parks on Twitter @theroyalparks, Facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon and Instagram.com/TheRoyalParks
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)

    • 42 min
    Episode 11: The Secret Underworld of Ponds

    Episode 11: The Secret Underworld of Ponds

    Did you know that there are many lakes and ponds across the Royal Parks, with over 30 in Richmond Park alone? In this month’s episode, we take a closer look at these underworlds and the unique creatures that live within them.

    We talk with ecology experts from The Royal Parks and the conservation charity, Froglife, to understand more about the importance of ponds, how we look after them, what things you can spot this time of year and how you can make your own pond at home.

    About The Royal Parks: 
    The Royal Parks is the charity that exists to make sure London’s eight historic royal parks will always be there to enrich the lives of local residents and visitors to London. 
    The charity looks after eight of London’s largest open spaces: Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Kensington Gardens. 
    For more information visit www.royalparks.org.uk 
    Follow The Royal Parks on Twitter @theroyalparks, Facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon and Instagram.com/TheRoyalParks
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)

    • 33 min
    Episode 10: Wellbeing in Nature

    Episode 10: Wellbeing in Nature

    Episode 10: Wellbeing in Nature 
    In this episode, our interpretation manager Lucy Kellett looks at the importance of nature for our wellbeing. A timely episode, as we enter what is normally the  bleakest month of year in another lockdown in the UK. 
    She explores stories of the past including how kings and queens, such as Charles ll of England, used their parklands and gardens for their wellbeing up to 400 years ago, even giving rise to the naming of Constitution Hill in Green Park. So much of this incredible history helped shape the Royal Parks today. She interviews Community Learning Officer, Laura McMahon who tells us about how she uses nature to improve the wellbeing of participants in her projects and shares personal insight around how to get the most of our your daily walks.
    About The Royal Parks: 
    The Royal Parks is the charity that exists to make sure London’s eight historic royal parks will always be there to enrich the lives of local residents and visitors to London. 
    The charity looks after eight of London’s largest open spaces: Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, and Kensington Gardens. 
    For more information visit www.royalparks.org.uk 
    Follow The Royal Parks on Twitter @theroyalparks, Facebook.com/TheRoyalParksLondon and Instagram.com/TheRoyalParks
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)

    • 30 min

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