This year, with the help of our wonderful supporters, we've achieved some amazing things in London’s eight Royal Parks and we wanted to share some of them with you.
- We welcomed nearly 10,000 visitors, which includes children, adults, school classes and youth groups, to our education centre in Hyde Park to learn more about science and the natural world.
- A team of 60 volunteers were equipped and trained to survey hedgehogs in Regent’s Park, the only central Royal Park where hedgehogs still thrive while nationally they’re in decline. Now, we know more about their favourite haunts, we can help conserve this important inner-city colony.
- We funded a Conservation Officer to help fight Oak Processionary Moth across the Royal Parks. The moth is native to southern Europe and was first accidentally introduced to Britain in 2005. The caterpillars of this moth are a pest because they feed on the leaves of oak trees and can strip them bare. They can also pose a risk to humans because of their thousands of tiny hairs, which can cause skin irritation and breathing difficulties.
- We planted 100,000 Narcissi ‘Dutch Master’ daffodils to bloom in St James’s Park and The Green Park next Spring; supported an archaeological dig in Greenwich Park; and raised the vegetable beds in The Regent’s Park community allotment with old railway sleepers.
- We worked with one of the country’s leading Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) therapists to tackle bullying at its core. By running regular sessions with groups of school children and shire horses, the children experience a guided observation of horse behaviour and learning how to communicate with the animals in non-verbal ways, as well as learning vital teamwork skills. This is a big step forward in child learning and development techniques.