Richmond Park track to be restored to parkland

A new horse riding track has been opened in Richmond Park as part of a plan to restore the former route to parkland.

The previous horse ride around Royal Parks-managed Richmond Park is lined with valuable veteran trees and it will be returned to parkland.
H.R.H Princess Alexandra opened new the horse ride, located near the Isabella Plantation, on 19 September.
The previous horse ride was very steep and positioned close to the road, while the new ride is a gentler route, more suitable for novice riders.
It avoids areas of the 100-ha Richmond Park that could be damaged through heavy use.
Funding for the project has been provided through a generous donation made by Mr Phil Swallow through the Richmond Park Charitable Trust (RPCT).  Phil Swallow is a local Kingston resident who rides regularly in Richmond Park and is a Trustee of the RPCT.
The Royal Parks chief executive Mark Camley said:  "The new horse ride is an excellent addition to Richmond Park and is a great improvement.
"It will allow us to return the old route back into parkland and to preserve the veteran trees that line it."
The new horse ride starts at Broomfield Hill and goes between Isabella Plantation and Prince Charles's Spinney wood - it then heads towards Robin Hood Gate.

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