Richmond Park & Isabella Plantation

Richmond Park

  • Royal connection back to King Edward in the 12th Century when it was known as the Manor of Sheen
  • 2,500 acres – London’s largest Royal Park.
  • From it’s high point there is a protected view to St Paul’s cathedral – 12 miles away.
  • Name was changed to Richmond during King Henry VII’s reign.
  • Charles I moved to the park to escape the plague, turning it into a park for red and fallow deer.
  • 1637 he enclosed the land, allowing pedestrians right of way. The wall remains today.
  • 1847 Pembrooke Lodge became the home of then Prime Minister Lord John Russell.

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Isabella Plantation

  • 17th Century area was known as The Sleyt – meaning boggy ground.
  • By 1771 shown as Isabella Slade – corruption of the word isabel meaning dingy or greyish yellow.
  • 1831 Lord Sidmouth, Richmond Park deputy ranger,  fenced of 42 acres – planting oak, beech and sweet chestnut as a crop for timber.
  • 1950 the present layout of gardens, clearings, ponds and streams is established.
  • 1953 opened to the public.
  • 1960 the main stream is dug through the garden.
  • 1989 a wild stream was dug in the northern section of the garden.
  • Wilson Kurume Azaelas evergreens feature heavily – first introduced to the west from Japan in the 1920’s
  • Specialises in rare and unusual tree types and shrub species.
  • Site of Special Scientific Interest.
  • Ponds and streams provide habitat for invertebrates and amphibians.

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