The Royal Parks collaborate with Sir Quentin Blake

The world-famous illustrator, best known for illustrating Roald Dahl’s books, has partnered with The Royal Parks charity to create illustrations in iconic London parks.

Royal Parks Quentin Blake

The Royal Parks has commissioned 27 designs from Quentin Blake to appear across the parks. To date, the signs can be seen in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. There are plans to include the signs in Richmond and Greenwich Parks later this year.

This project is part of a wider plan to improve, upgrade and standardise signage and interpretation across all of London’s Royal Parks by 2026.

Lucy Kellett, Head of Visitor Experience at The Royal Parks charity, said: “Urban green spaces all face the same challenges such as littering, dog fouling and wildlife feeding. Signage on these topics can often fade into the background.

“We want to experiment with a fresh approach to some of our signs so that visitors feel welcome in the parks while respecting the rules. Quentin Blake’s signs are, quite literally, pieces of art and we hope that when people stop to appreciate them, they will smile but also understand the serious messages that lie behind the playful images. We all have a responsibility to care for our valuable green spaces.”

Quentin Blake who lives in West London, drew inspiration for the drawings from what he imagined might take place in the parks.

Blake said: “I am delighted that my drawings will find themselves in the Royal Parks. The inclusion of my illustrations on signs means that visitors can enjoy them, and that the everyday park rules and admonitions are offered in a cheerful and friendly spirit.”

Kellett adds: “Quentin Blake’s illustrations are revered around the world. His iconic drawing style reminds us all of the wonderment of being a child and the delight of exploring new spaces and having adventures. We are delighted to partner with him on this special project.”