‘Green Fingers in the Park‘ is a project where children and local community groups can join our gardeners and learning team to get their hands dirty, learn about nature and make a real difference to their local green space.
Keeping the Royal Parks bursting with life is an ongoing challenge for our gardeners, which is why we've been working alongside children from local schools and volunteers to plant bulbs in Hyde Park, which will bloom every spring for many years to come.
Since launching in spring 2013, over 2,500 local school children and volunteers have helped to plant over 200,000 bulbs, providing vital natural habitats for wildlife and giving millions of visitors an array of colour to enjoy as they stroll through Hyde Park.
Our bulb planting activities are designed to give children the best possible outdoor learning experience and activities are linked to the national curriculum - all whilst having lots of fun! It gives school children the chance to get their hands dirty, connect with nature in their local green space and inspire them to care for the environment, now and in the future.
Green Fingers in the Park has been made possible by the fantastic fundraising efforts of all our supporters. Thank you for helping us keep the magic of the parks alive, now and in the future.
Daffodils are always a joy to see in the Royal Parks, giving visitors a wonderful vista of yellow. They also benefit London's wildlife as they act as a much needed source of early food for pollinating insects, such as bees.
In October 2013, 600 school children from the Francis Holland School, Sloane Square and other local London schools, planted 60,000 daffodils by the Serpentine, Hyde Park. They also planted their own daffodil bulb in a pot to take home and watch grow. Thanks to the amazing fundraising of pupils from the Francis Holland School, Sloane Square and their parents we were able to make this project a reality.
Snowdrops provide beautiful flora for park visitors and an early source of pollen for bees and insects every January to March.
Over 1,000 local school children and volunteers have helped to plant 100,000 snowdrops in Hyde Park. We were also delighted to welcome Kith and Kids to take part in their very own planting project. We're incredibly grateful to have raised £50,000 with the support of Wetherby Prep School and Knightsbridge School who enabled this ambitious project.
In March 2014 we held a public planting day where visitors from around the world helped us plant thousands of snowdrops in Hyde Park.
With flowers of a beautiful blue-purple, bluebells are a treat to see in woodlands and parks. They are native to the UK, but currently considered a threatened species and it's important to care for their conservation.
In March 2013, 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. Over two days, 400 children (aged 4-11) from local schools and a special needs group worked with expert horticultural officers, our learning team and volunteers to plant 40,000 bulbs on the first day of spring. Thanks to the parents and teachers of students at Thomas’s School in Kensington for their fantastic fundraising.