Green Fingers in the Park
London's eight Royal Parks provide vital green spaces for wildlife in the heart of the city. Some of the most important habitats within the Parks are the wildflower meadows and well-tended flowerbeds. These form an invaluable habitat for birds, bees and other insects as well as a swathe of colour for visitors to enjoy.
In March 2013, we launched Green Fingers in the Park when 400 local school children from Thomas's Kensington, and other local schools, planted 40,000 native bluebells in Hyde Park to create a new wildflower meadow.
In October 2013, 600 school children from the Francis Holland School Sloane Square and other schools, planted 60,000 daffodils by the Serpentine, helping to replace the ones which been dying back in recent years, exacerbated by the wet summer in 2012 and cold winter in 2012/2013.
Green Fingers in the Parks gives opportunities for school children, local communities and workplaces to get stuck in to help with the planting of ecologically welcoming areas in the Parks. Not only do the children work with horticultural experts from The Royal Parks and our education team to plant the bulbs, they will also spend the day in curriculum-based learning sessions at the Isis Education Centre.
A big thank you to every one of the children and a special thanks to the school children's parents, for all the amazing fundraising which has made this amazing project possible! You're blooming marvellous!
We're thrilled to announce the next Green Fingers in the Park project. In March 2014, we will plant 100,000 snowdrops in various areas throughout Hyde Park with the help of local school children and volunteers. This is by far our most ambitious planting project to date, which is why we are aiming to fundraise £50,000 in the new year. To find out how your school or community group can get involved with this programme, please contact Grace Enright, Development Officer on 020 7036 8060 or email: [email protected]