The Hyde Park Estate has been transformed over the last few years by the vision and drive of the team at the Church Commissioners.
Among the recent initiatives has been one to to encourage and keep wildlife on the Estate.
“We developed a programme for planting for wildlife” says the Estate’s Residential Asset Manager, Mark McKeown. “We aside space for wildflower gardens, putting in perennials that would attract bees and butterflies, minimising chemical use and generally practising wildlife-friendly gardening. We have built wildlife stacks for ladybirds, beetles, spiders and earwigs, lacewing chambers for hibernation and solitary bee nesting boxes in key areas of the gardens.
We have also put up bird boxes and bat boxes in all the gardens. Some of the gardens where these features are installed include areas in the Quadrangle and Devonport Gardens, the Water Gardens, Norfolk Crescent, Oxford Square and Sussex Square. We have followed RSPB and Wildlife Trust recommended designs.
Families can now take their children into the gardens and learn about wildlife in central London. We have put up signs showing pictures and descriptions of the birds that can be spotted, and in the Water Gardens complex we have installed signs that illustrate the pond life that can be seen.