London hill gets £1.7m restoration

Lottery funding will help improve sightlines on Richmond Hill.

Local residents Sir David Attenborough and Jerry Hall joined Thames Landscape Strategy (TLS) co-ordinator Jason Debney to open a £1.7m redevelopment of Richmond Hill in south-west London last week. Railings along Richmond Terrace, which overlooks the famous hilltop view of the Thames, have been restored but made to look irregular to blend in with the historic setting. More than 500 hedging plants have been planted lower down to replace fences, and new trees, steps and paths have been put in. A wildflower meadow has also been recreated. The project, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is one of a number of projects overseen by TLS, a partnership between five local authorities bordering the river and numerous other local groups. Attenborough, who is patron of TLS, said: “Few organisations have a bigger number or wider range of conflicting interests.”

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