Mums, tots and teddies celebrate by holding a Teddy Bears Picnic in the winning park.

Local survey reveals Marble Hill Park is most popular picnic spot in the borough

A survey, organised by local community web site For Sanity’s Sake, asked its members (1,850) to vote for their Favourite Family Picnic Spot in the borough of Richmond.

Marble Hill Park won the top spot, with Bushy Park’s Woodland Gardens coming a close second. Kew Gardens was in third place and Richmond Park was forth.

On Friday 20th May, around 50 parents arrived with their babies, toddlers and teddy bears at Marble Hill Park. They threw down their blankets to celebrate in style with a truly tremendous Teddy Bears Picnic.

It was a case of ‘Who Bears Wins’ when Teddy Bears and babies descended on Marble Hill Park to celebrate it being voted the ‘Number One Picnic Spot’ in the borough.

“We were delighted with the number of babies and bears who came along to picnic with us in the glorious sunshine on Friday in Marble Hill Park. Many Mums put in lots of effort with baking and bringing miniature tea sets. All the rugs were one big patchwork with everyone chatting and making new friends. It was great to see the community getting together and having fun outdoors.”

Rachel McLean, Co-Founder, For Sanity’s Sake (FSS)

Top Picnic Spot Survey Results (quotes from FSS member in the FSS survey, that took place between April 21st to 15th May 2011 on, n=100)

THE WINNER – Marble Hill Park

“Marble hill just has it all! Sun, shade, loos, food, swings and safety! I could spend all day everyday there and not get bored! Oh and it is always clean!”

2ND PLACE – Bushy Park

“The Woodland Gardens in Bushy Park is like something out of a disney cartoon. Bambi would be happy living here with the rabbits, squirrels, ducks and geese.”

3RD PLACE – Kew Gardens

“A great beautiful space, lots of grass for the little one to run around on and chase pigeons, play area is well looked after and clean. great cafes if you want to sit down and the scenery is just breathtaking. a lovely pace to go for both kids and parents”

4TH PLACE – Richmond Park

“We particularly love the Isabela Plantation for its amazing flowers, duck ponds, and the variety of plants, shrubs, trees etc that make it like an enchanted woodland.”