Law firm Russell-Cooke has extended its sponsorship of Friends of Richmond Park until 31 December 2021.

Friends of Richmond Park is a charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of Richmond Park for the benefit of the public and future generations. Established in 1961, the charity has around 3500 members and three esteemed patrons; Sir David Attenborough, Baroness Kramer of Richmond Park (former MP for the area) and new patron broadcaster and author Clare Balding. The charity is funding a range of conservation and wildlife projects in the Park this year, including protection of veteran trees, planting of willow trees and skylark protection.  

Russell-Cooke, which has offices in Kingston-upon-Thames and Putney as well as in central London, has been closely involved with the charity for many years and has been a sponsor since 2009. The firm’s admin assistant Amanda Boardman, based in Kingston, has many of her photos of Richmond Park featured in the charity’s annual calendar and posts them on her Instagram page here.

Ron Crompton, Chair of the Friends of Richmond Park, said: "While the past year has of course been incredibly difficult for us all, the national lockdown has reminded people of the importance and benefits of spending time in our natural spaces with the effect that our membership has increased by about 20%. We are still somewhat restricted in our activities but plan to resume our events programme later this year. We are delighted that Russell-Cooke, as a local business, continues to support us so actively and we look forward to involving staff members in our programmes going forward."

Russell-Cooke partner Roger Ford, who leads on the firm’s sponsorship, said: "We are very pleased to be associated with The Friends and wholly support them in their continuing work and in ensuring that the park remains a place of natural beauty open to allIt has always been a pleasure for me to work with the charity and I have had the privilege of attending some inspirational events over the years. I very much look forward to being able to do so again soon."