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Photo: Troops of the Army Cyclists Corps advancing along a road during training in Richmond Park, 1915 © IWM (Q 53678)

Join us as we uncover how the Royal Parks were put to use between 1914 and 1919 – as vegetable patches, camouflage experiments, places of mourning and celebration, and much else.

From May 2017 to early 2020, we’ll be exploring the Royal Parks' First World War history through a programme of events, community and school activities and research.

Find out what happened to the men who went to war from the parks and the women who took on new roles at home. Discover how the Royal Parks’ wartime work influenced the rest of the world.

The project is a partnership between The Royal Parks Guild and The Royal Parks, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Photo: Members of the WAAC drilling in Hyde Park © IWM (Q 54089)

War Gardens

We have re-established First World War beds in six of our Royal Parks and we will be growing heritage varieties of vegetables.

Camouflage School

In 1916 a school was set up in Kensington Gardens to demonstrate and experiment with camouflage. We're recreating this Camouflage School for two days in September.

Do you know something we don't?

If you have a relative who worked, walked or played in the Royal Parks during the First World War or if you’re an expert with information about how the Royal Parks were used – get in touch.