The Royal Parks charity was created in March 2017 and officially launched in July 2017 to support and manage 5,000 acres of Royal parkland across London. It took over the role of managing the parks from The Royal Parks Agency - a former agency of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).
The Royal Parks charity looks after eight of London’s largest open spaces; Hyde, The Green, Richmond, Greenwich, St James’s, Bushy and The Regent’s Parks, and Kensington Gardens. It also manages other important open spaces in the capital including Brompton Cemetery, Victoria Tower Gardens, Canning Green and Poet’s Corner.
The parks are owned by the Crown with their responsibility resting with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The Royal Parks charity manages the parks on behalf of the Government.