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The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is seeking volunteers to help us research, interpret and share our WW1 history. There’s plenty of training and support on offer.
Can you help us fill in the gaps and tell our stories of the Parks in World War I?
We are seeking volunteer researchers to explore the history of the Royal Parks in the First World War further.
To find out more go to the Team London or The Royal Parks website.

If you have memories of The Royal Parks you would like to share or item of interest relating to the parks you would like to donate to the Guild’s archive collection then please contact us by clicking here.

The Royal Parks Guild Overview

The Royal Parks Guild is a voluntary Partner Organisation of The Royal Parks who are responsible for managing and preserving over 5,000 acres of historic parkland across London.

Our aim is a serious one – championing The Royal Parks by promoting their qualities, including horticultural excellence and historical significance, whilst offering practical support where appropriate. Allied to this is the service to its members through the provision and development of a broad range of social activities, and keeping members abreast of current and past news of The Royal Parks.

A message from H.R.H. Princess Alexandra,

The Honourable Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO at the Guild's launch in 2006

"I am delighted to be able to give support to The Royal Parks Guild, which has been launched after what I understand has been a 10-year gestation and cultivation period.

One of the objectives of The Royal Parks Guild is to support Education and Vocational Training, and the fact that six of the Officers of the Guild are former Apprentices speaks for itself."

Guild News

Service for the Fallen 1914 to 1918

On 10 November 2017 Mike Fitt, Chairman of the Guild, Andrew Scattergood, Chief Executive of The Royal Parks and David Ivison, the Guild's World War One lead, and his wife Claire were invited by HM Treasury to remember those 102 men employed by His Majesty's Office of Works who died during World War One; 24 of whom were employed by The Royal Parks.

Also represented were the family representatives of Charles Mead and Arthur William Berry whose names are inscribed on the memorial.

The Treasury Building in Great George Street was, one hundred years ago, the headquarters of His Majesty's Office of Works, of which the Royal Parks formed a part. Their memorial now stands in the lobby to the building.

David Ivison read the dedication and Mike Fitt, and Andrew Scattergood were presented with a wreath to place on the memorial.

Our thanks go to HM Treasury for inviting us to their service.

The Royal Parks Guild are dedicated to helping parks’ apprentice schemes and those that join them. If you would like to help us then click here to see if you could become a member of the Guild.

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Postal address:
The Secretary
The Royal Parks Guild
14 Nelson Place
Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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