We learnt in history that Henry VIII loved Richmond park. I wonder what it would have been like back in the 16th century when it was only open to the upper classes. Luckily everyone is allowed in the park now and it was full of joggers, cyclists and kids like me.
Apparently the Tudors used to hunt the deer and that’s why there are so many now.
Dad said I wasn’t allowed to go near them, especially in the spring time when they might be having babies and be more afraid of all the people. But when we went into the woods to look for bluebells I saw a mum and a baby in the ferns and they didn’t seem scared of me at all. It was so cute, jumping around and falling over between it’s mother’s legs. Dad told me later that a baby deer is called a ‘fawn’ and that I was very lucky to see one.
My favourite part of the park is this giant oak tree that’s right in the middle, next to one of the duck ponds. It’s so large and old that you can climb right inside and see all the creepy crawlies that live there. It’s the best hiding spot ever.
Dad told me that you can see how old a tree is by how many rings it has on it’s base. Apparently an oak tree can live up to one thousand years! I’m not sure how many rings it has but it’s so wide I feel like it has to be at least five hundred. Maybe it was even planted when King Henry used to come here…
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