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Posted:  Sunday 01 July 2018

South East Associates
Richmond Park Walk

- Wednesday 23rd May -

Richmond Park covers 2,500 acres and was created by Charles I as a deer park.

Relatively unchanged, it is an internationally important site for conservation with many ancient trees and rare species in addition to the herds of deer that still roam there.

Distant views of St Paul’s Cathedral are also possible, weather permitting.

Our walk followed a 5½-mile circular trail starting from Pembroke Lodge, passing Pen Ponds and White Lodge - home of The Royal Ballet School - to enter the Isabella Plantation and follow one of the woodland gardens nature trails before returning to Pembroke Lodge.

Eleven joined the walk, nine Associates, partners plus two friends.
The day was overcast at first but soon turned into a warm and sunny day.

This year many plants seem to be flowering later than usual and so, despite being late May, there were still excellent displays of azaleas and even rhododendrons in Isabella Plantation.

Following the walk lunch was in the Pembroke Lodge cafe, out on the terrace, enjoying the views and soaking up some sun, a good conclusion to a very enjoyable walk.

Chris White

(fd  17/06/2018)

(ph  29/06/2018)

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