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Volunteers launch info-centre for Richmond Park
A popular Richmond Park beauty spot now sports a new information centre thanks to the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
The latest phase in a programme of improvements at Pembroke Lodge was marked last week by the official opening of the new visitor Information Point and toilets.
In addition, the new toilets are fully accessible by wheelchair users, while cyclists have been provided with new cycle racks. As the popular Tamsin Bike Trail runs near to Pembroke Lodge, new wooden posts safely separate pedestrians from cyclists.
Other changes include a new picnic area with tables next to the refreshment kiosk giving visitors somewhere to eat al fresco.
Pembroke Lodge welcomes some 300,000 visitors a year, who will all be able to access information at weekends thanks to volunteers from The Friends of Richmond Park.
Sheila Hamilton, membership secretary for The Friends said: "We want all visitors to Richmond Park to be able to learn more about this beautiful place. As well as offering a wide range of information about the Park, the Information Point provides a point of contact with the Friends. Visitors can lend their support by either making donations, giving us a few hours a week of their time, or by joining us and becoming a Friend of Richmond Park."
The Friends plan to open the Information Point for longer once they have enough volunteers.
To support the Friends or lend a hand, please contact Brian Baker, Hon. Secretary on 8546 3109, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.