The 'Friends of Richmond Park' campaign for the protection and conservation of Richmond Park and its diverse wildlife. Formed in 1961, the Friends' are this year celebrating their 50th anniversary, with a variety of events taking place throughout the year. Russell-Cooke's support has helped keep various initiatives running including; conservation schemes, providing volunteers, organising educational activities for schools and young people, and the firm has sponsored this year's poetry competition and a celebratory 50th anniversary 3ft cake.
Richmond Park is the largest open space in London covering almost 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres), and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a National Nature Reserve.
Russell-Cooke's senior partner John Gould commented on the anniversary celebrations; "Although Russell-Cooke is a large London firm, our presence in the South West of the city has given us a close geographical connection with Richmond Park for well over a century. The Park is of national environmental significance as well as being an immense resource for leisure. The Friends role has never been more relevant or significant in meeting the challenges to come. Any contribution we can make is small compared to the sterling efforts of the members themselves who have achieved so much over the last fifty years".
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