About the London Area ParkRichmond Park is the largest of London's royal parks. In addition, it gives the other parks a run for their money, mainly because it offers a real sense of nature, feeling more like a field trip than a well-planned park.
The total area of the park is 9.5 square kilommeters, and is acknowledged as an official nature reserve. The diverse vegetation includes hundreds of types of trees, flowers, mushrooms and shrubs, and the animals in the park include deer, squirrels, foxes and gazelles. A duel between the red deer over the females is quite a magnificent sight that occurs in the fall. The birds are not to be missed, as they create pleasant sounds adding to the idyllic atmosphere.
The park was originally built for King Charles I, who used it
for hunting sport. In the past, the park was surrounded by a
16 kilometer long wall. Some of its remnants remain to be seen to this day. The British locals engage in various activities inside the park: fishing, playing rugby, boating or pedaling around the park.
Theater in the ParkThe classic historical drama "Anne of the Thousand Days", released in 1969, gives a glimpse into the 16th-century Richmond Park. It is a special film shot at Richmond Park, and it somehow reflects the dramatic history that took place in England.
The film tells the love story between King Henry VIII and his short marriage to Anne Boleyn. Because the film accurately describes the events that took place, it was only natural to film it in Richmond Park. The park was one of the king's favorite hunting spots. He and his wife Anne Boleyn spent their honeymoon not far away, at Hampton Court.
King Henry VIII, who was portrayed in the film by Richard Burton,
was obsessed with a male heir. But his wife, Anne Boleyn, was unable to have a son, so she remained a queen less than three years before being executed, to make way for another woman. Anne Boleyn was played in the film by the actress Genevieve Bujold. The film won four Golden Globes and one Oscar.
Deer in Richmond ParkThe deer played a major role in the history of the park and are an inseparable part of the landscape here.
Their special habitat depends on pastures and the trees in the park.
Their breeding season is during autumn. At this time, the males compete for the females, with the big males roaring, barking and colliding, trying to fight rival males and attract the females. The newly born babies are hidden by the mothers, because they are very vulnerable at this stage of their lives. The mothers will passionately defend their young.
Deer are wild animals, which means that it is important to maintain a distance of at least 50 meters from them and not stand between two, especially during the turbulent autumn season. It is also important to know that you can't touch, feed or photograph the deer from close range.