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Richmond Park

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In 1657 the Prince of Wales, George I, ordered the construction of an eight mile wall to contain a hunting ground. This wall formed the first boundaries of Richmond Park. The park is over 2,500 acres and now has a perimeter covering over thirteen miles. Richmond Park has been the home to an oak forest for almost one thousand years and as a result is abundant with nature. Red and Fallow deer graze freely with badgers, foxes and many rare birds finding their home amongst the trees, lakes and grassland.
At the centre of the park stands White Lodge- built in 1729 for George II, it now houses the Royal Ballet School and was the childhood home of Bertrand Russell.
In the Northwest corner of Richmond Park is Richmond Gate which was designed by Capability Brown and built in 1798. Nearby is Henry VIII mound- the mound upon which the king waited to hear confirmation of Anne Boleynís execution.
The Isabella plantation is a spectacular, man-made forest and lake complex with many beautiful flowers and fauna.
Adams pond is frequented by model boat builders.
Richmond Park is Londonís largest Royal Park- it boasts two golf courses and is a favourite among cyclists, runners and nature enthusiasts.

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Take a boat, bus or bike down to Richmond from Embankment before you start your (long) leisurely walk and get prepared for the kinds of ponds, streams, deer and pure fantasy that make it feel like something out of The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. The Isabella plantation holds the kind of outstanding beauty that makes Richmond Park the quintessentially London oasis, hence the Roald Dahl reference.

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