Attracting over 77 million visitors a year, London’s eight Royal Parks are some of the most precious, picturesque and entertaining open spaces in the world and for the first time each park has been captured in a new promotional video.
Shot throughout 2015/16, the Park Stories video shows highlights of all eight Royal Parks.
Covering 5,000 acres, the parks are unique and are used in many different ways by many different people.
With the parks costing about £36 million each year to manage, of which about 65 per cent is raised by The Royal Parks itself, the video highlights some of the areas where efforts are being made to generate more income.
Catering, concessions and the £9 million worth of events are just some of the featured highlights which help put cash back into enhancing the amazing green spaces.
Also featured is history and heritage and flora and fauna, including: Richmond and Busy Parks which are both Special Sites of Scientific Interest; the protected view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Richmond and the iconic views of the city from Greenwich Park and Primrose Hill as well as probably the most famous street in London, The Mall.
These world-class environments not only attract people but are home to an abundance of wildlife and waterfowl including wild deer, ducks, swans, bees, butterflies and bats.
The Royal Parks is responsible for maintaining and enhancing these spaces and it is thanks to its many volunteers that the landscapes are kept as beautiful and interesting as they are.
Every visitor has their own reason for being in the parks - whether it is meeting a friend for coffee, playing sport, quiet contemplation or attending an event - generating millions of views and stories.
The strap line for the video is: one city, eight parks, millions of stories.
We are encouraging park users to share their stories via our social media channels using the hash tag - #parkstories.
Watch the video here.