Prince Charles launched the new Royal Parks charity at a special event held in Hyde Park this morning (13 July), following the merger of the Royal Parks Agency and the Royal Parks Foundation.
His Royal Highness toured the new Hyde Park ‘super’ nursery, currently under construction, meeting horticultural apprentices and grounds maintenance staff at work, as well as members of the construction team.
He also viewed the bi-folding Wimbledon-style roof of the football pitch-sized building which allows the plants to remain in situ during unpredictable weather.
Prince Charles was expected to view one of the wildflower meadow areas within Hyde Park, where he would meet a group of local school children engaged in insect meadow sweeping. HRH will also be shown the Royal Park's Mission: Invertebrate story telling education 'snail ' (which is shaped like a snail), and meet members of its education team along with some children using the facility.
Following the tour attended a reception with staff and volunteers, when chairman of the Royal Parks Board Loyd Grossman gave a speech.
- An interview with Loyd Grossman will feature in the next issue of Horticulture Week.