The Regent’s Park crosses more than 395 acres of magnificent parkland and is home to an abundance of hidden natural treasures from more than 12,000 roses to over 100 different types of birds.
To help maintain the Park beauty, The Royal Parks Foundation is “planning to reinstate the cherry trees on Chester Road, one of the main gateways to the Park.” The Prince of Wales is giving his support to the Foundation’s campaign to restore the “Cherry Tree Avenue”.
Prince Charles commented on supporting this worthwhile cause: “As Patron of the Royal Parks Foundation, I am delighted that the eight Royal Parks of London are enjoyed by so many people and in so many ways. For over 500 years, the Parks have provided a place where people can enjoy the simple pleasures of Nature and history in our busy city. Like the many millions of visitors each year, I share the same affection for our Parks and a feeling that we are extremely fortunate to have them.”
“Historic avenues of trees are one of the things that make the Parks so special, which is why I am so pleased to support the Royal Parks Foundation’s vision to restore the Cherry Tree Avenue in The Regent’s Park. The proposed planting of 100 Prunus Sunset Boulevard will bring pink-tinted blossom in the Spring and yellow-golden leaves to lift the spirits every Autumn. I am sure the many visitors to the Park will derive great pleasure from this changing spectacle of the seasons,” Charles continued.
Gathering support for this endeavour, The Prince of Wales concluded: “I can only hope that you will feel able to support this splendid restoration in any way you can.”
Designed in 1811 by renowned architect John Nash, The Regent’s Park includes stunning rose gardens and the largest outdoor sports area in London available for one’s favourite sport whether it be football, softball or rugby. The Park also has a cricket pitch.
The London Zoo, the Open Air Theatre and a boating lake comprise The Regent’s Park. There are also numerous wild bird species and waterfowl.
In 2003, Prince Charles became Patron of The Royal Parks Foundation upon its creation.
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