Transfer of the management of the 8 Royal Parks and the Royal Parks Agency (TRP) from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to the Greater London Authority (GLA)
There are eight Royal Parks, all within Greater London:
- Bushy Park
- Green Park
- Greenwich Park
- Hyde Park
- Kensington Gardens
- The Regent’s Park
- Richmond Park
- St. James’s Park
The team that runs the Royal Parks and reports to the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport is known as The Royal Parks Agency. At the moment the main line of accountability through Parliament is through Ministers and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. We intend that in future this accountability should be through London’s Mayor since all the Royal Parks are in London. The Mayor is a well known figure who is elected every 4 years and is held accountable by Londoners for what he achieves for London and for visitors to London. Managing the Royal Parks would also fit well with the Mayor’s existing responsibility for tourism in London as well as his strategic responsibilities for the environment in London.
A statement has now been published setting out the current arrangements and the proposed change in greater detail.