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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 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
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    • 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
    Episode 9: Holly Holidays in Richmond Park

    Episode 9: Holly Holidays in Richmond Park

    In this month's festive episode, we explore the history of the Victorian Christmas. Anna King, the Centre Manager for the Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park, shares how they travel back in time to allow people to experience those traditions firsthand through their Victorian Christmas sessions. She also tells us more about their inspiring education programme, which focuses on connecting children and adults with special needs to the nature and history of Richmond Park.

    Stay tuned at the end for Anna's top tips on where to visit in Richmond Park over the festive period.

    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)

    • 25 min
    Episode 8: Parks at War

    Episode 8: Parks at War

    In this month’s episode we interview David Iverson, historical researcher for The Royal Parks Guild. David tells us about the practical uses The Royal Parks had during both world wars, paying particular attention to WW1. He shares how the government drained the lake in St James’s Park to make way for the temporary building of the Ministry of Shipping and how much of the parks were taken over for allotments to combat food shortages. We discuss how the wars shaped our parks today and the touching stories of parks' staff who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. 
    Support the show (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/support-the-parks)

    • 33 min

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