Canbury Gardens Kingston Upon Thames From here a lovely walk to Richmond. March 2003. Attribution: Ron Belcher

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is a borough in southwest London. The main town is Kingston upon Thames and it includes Chessington, Malden Rushett, New Malden, Surbiton and Tolworth. It is the oldest of the four royal boroughs in England. The others are the London boroughs of Greenwich and Kensington and Chelsea and Windsor and Maidenhead, the site of Windsor Castle. The local authority is Kingston upon Thames London Borough Council.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames is located along a stretch of the River Thames where the Hogsmill River joins the former at the town of Kingston. The Borough contains over 30 parks, 24 playgrounds, sports grounds and open spaces. There are also over 20 allotments sites which are either self-managed or run by the local council. An assessment conducted in 2006 identified 165 hectares (410 acres) of park and 340 hectares (840 acres) of other open spaces in the borough.

Much of the borough's Thames river frontage is open and accessible to the public. To the north of the town centre Canbury Gardens extends to the Lower Ham Road beyond which the Dysart open space, Royal Park Gate recreation ground and the adjacent Hawker Centre sports ground form a continuation of Ham Lands in the neighbouring London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. To the south of the town centre Queens Promenade provides open river frontage as far as Surbiton. Pedestrian access to the course of the Hogsmill River leads from its mouth at the Thames, south of the town centre, to the Hogsmill River Park and beyond.

Other open spaces include the western half of Beverley Park and the University of London Athletic Ground and the BBC Sports Ground, Motspur Park.

Historically, the southern tip of Richmond Park fell within the borough boundaries but it was incorporated into Richmond upon Thames in 1994.

The local authority's approach to managing its parks and open spaces are set out in its current Green Spaces strategy, 2015–2021.

Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]

Kingston Pound, local currency for Kingston upon Thames. see also: Video

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Smart Communities, community action project all about saving energy in the home

Cycling[edit | edit source]

National Cycle Route 4 W

Food activism[edit | edit source]

From the Ground Up Kingston's own organic veg and fruit box scheme that brings affordable fresh organic food to the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Freecycle Kingston - "Community re-use and recycling in action"

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

London Outer Orbital Path W, Thames Path W

Resources[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]


Past events[edit | edit source]


May 3 - 18 Surbiton Food Festival

News and comment[edit | edit source]


Kingston Pound to trial at Surbiton Food Festival, February 3[1]

External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

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