P Posted by Sandra on May 23 2017 0 Comments Dougie Poynter

As we all know Dougie is a huge fan of David Attenborough so being able to work with him in this project about something close to him I bet was like if we meet him and the rest of the boys.

Richmond Park is being destroyed by over 5.5 million visitors every year – Sir David Attenborough is here to save the day (with a little help from Dougie Poynter).

Richmond Park, National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest is sadly struggling to cope with increasing amounts of visitors. The very fabric of the park and its wildlife are under more and more pressure to survive the 5.5 million people who every year flock to enjoy its space and beauty. Grasslands and trees are damaged and the animals’ habitats are being destroyed more than ever before.

Cue National Treasure, Sir David Attenborough, who as a local resident to the park is spear heading a campaign to encourage people to “Tread Lightly” when visiting.

“As visitors, we can all help to protect it through simple actions so that it remains a very special place for the enjoyment of future generations,” he said.

The super-team behind the BBC’s Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and Madagascar have brought the park to life in a short film – exert shown exclusively here on GQ.co.uk – as part of Sir David’s message to the public.

Also spreading the word on behalf of the charity, ‘Friends of Richmond Park’ is resident and musician, Dougie Poynter. Dougie is a keen naturalist and has previously worked on extensive environmental and conservation projects. He says, “working with Sir David Attenborough has been like hanging out with God Himself”. We can believe it.

Often taken for granted, our parks play a such a vital role in preserving wildlife. People need to take more care and remember that with further neglectful behaviour, these spaces of huge natural importance will be destroyed and lost for good. Dougie sums up the campaign, ‘take nothing from the Park, leave nothing behind and please, Tread Lightly’.

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