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Wimbledon Common & Richmond Park
Wimbledon and Putney Commons
Wimbledon Common’s 1,140 acres are an area of calm and tranquillity in the midst of the urban sprawls of Wimbledon, Putney and Kingston-upon-Thames in South West London.
“He does not know Wimbledon Common who is not familiar with its labyrinths of leafy glades, its tangled thickets of wild red rose, bramble, and honeysuckle; who has not often traversed its turfy plateau and had the perfumes of odoriferous herbs borne in upon his senses; who has not pondered over its rusty pebble, and wondered whence they came; tried to acquaint himself with what may be gleaned of local history; First of all, to the Conservators of the Common, to whom we really owe very much, one may appeal for the preservation of the heath in its wild state… one prays earnestly that the Common be not vulgarised… by making this lovely spot ordinary – a kind of level, well-ordered suburban park, for this windswept Common is not ordinary; it stands alone, and is therefore priceless”.
- Walter Johnson: Wimbledon Common; its Geology, Antiquities and Natural History, 1912
Map reproduced by Kind Permission of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators
Richmond Park, at almost 1000 hectares (2500 acres), is the largest Royal Park in London and is home to around 650 free roaming deer. The pastoral landscape of hills, woodlands, ponds, gardens and grasslands set amongst ancient trees offers a peaceful respite to visitors. The Park is designated as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
Map reproduced by kind permission of the Royal Parks Agency