When I was in London a couple of weeks ago, I wandered from Mayfair to Piccadilly near the Green Park Tube Station and down to the Palace through Green Park. As I was whistling my way by magnificent old trees, I couldn’t get over the rather shabby appearance of the park. The grass showed rough treatment, and the foot paths had been totally ignored. Food stands and overflowing trash bins were unsightly and unpleasant. I was really very unhappy by the public’s treatment of this wonderful park that we have all enjoyed over many years. The park has been a royal park for many years, especially when it once was attached to the grounds of Buckingham Palace/Buckingham House during the reign of King George III. In Georgian times, the park was used to display the King’s new trees which he had received from all over the world. The King shared his tree discoveries with his friend King Louis XVI who shared the English king’s passion for botany and particularly rare trees. The area was not a planted garden area, but only a green garden for grass and trees; thus, we have the name Green Park today. It is unfortunate that the park has become a transit area for people who come to the Palace by way of the Green Park Tube Station and then walking through the park. This very beautiful area has been planted with thousands of daffodils which turn the park into a fairyland in the spring. This wonderful park has a long and interesting history, and it should be respected. It is beautiful.
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918