Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs

Published Thursday, 12 November 2015

Conservation work to the standing Iguanodon dinosaur sculpture in Crystal Palace Park is starting this week.

The Iguanodon is one of over thirty much loved dinosaur models in the park. The dinosaurs are Grade 1 listed and the park’s most important historic feature. This conservation work is scheduled to take six weeks and will be completed by Christmas.

The conservation work is being funded by the Mayor of London and Bromley Council as part of a £2.4million improvement scheme in the park. The conservation of the dinosaurs was the most popular improvement voted for by park users last summer. Further protection work for other dinosaur models will follow in the spring of 2016 after the winter weather has passed.

Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley said, "This is a pivotal moment in the future of the park with this promised investment delivering significant improvements now, and work underway, in partnership with the community, to deliver further park-wide regeneration in the near future."

Councillor Carr added, "The dinosaurs are internationally recognised and the park’s most unique asset. The Iguanodon, the first dinosaur to undergo treatment, is perhaps the most iconic of all the dinosaurs and we will soon be able to marvel at this fantastic feature just as the Victorians did over 150 years ago."

Richard Blakeway, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Land, said: "The conservation of this spectacular dinosaur is an exciting development in our ongoing commitment to Crystal Palace and one that will benefit the local community and beyond.

"Set within the stunning Crystal Palace Park, and extremely well-connected since the birth of London Overground, the regeneration of this historic site will ensure its lasting legacy as a visitor attraction and centre of sporting and educational excellence, creating much needed regeneration in the heart of south London."

As well as the conservation of the dinosaur models themselves, improvements will be made in the spring to the dinosaur landscape, with a new dinosaur interpretation panel being installed for visitors too. The council is working with the Friends of Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs in the development and delivery of all these areas of work.

The £400k assigned to the dinosaurs will not enable all of the dinosaur models to receive conservation treatment at this time so the Friends of Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs has launched a fundraising campaign to raise a further £800k to conserve more of the famous sculptures. For further information on how to donate email community.development@bromley.gov.uk

Further information about Crystal Palace Park is available on the council’s website www.bromley.gov.uk/CrystalPalacePark

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Editor’s notes

  • Cliveden Conservation has been appointed to undertake the conservation work to the Iguanodon through a competitive procurement exercise. 
  • The Mayor of London is funding £2m improvements to Crystal Palace park, including renovating the dinosaurs, conserving the sphinxes, building a new café, removing some old turnstiles and building a new skatepark. Bromley Council is contributing £400k.
  • For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk