Ecology

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's Ecology Service work includes:

  • promoting awareness and understanding of biodiversity and the local environment through formal and informal education. We do this via environmental visits for schools, holiday activities for children and an adults events programme.
  • protecting sites which are important for nature conservation
  • developing local policies for nature conservation
  • advising on the management of open spaces to enhance biodiversity within the borough

Environmental visits for schools

We offer a range of high quality curriculum linked sessions on a host of topics from habitats to natural art. We have revamped and developed our environmental education workshops for nursery groups to A-level groups. Please refer to our visits for schools page for our full programme and teaching resources.

Bumblebee on flower

Holiday Activities for Children

The Ecology Centre runs a scheme of outdoor and creative activities for five to ten year olds in the half term holiday. Outdoor activities are based in our wooded wildlife area. Each session lasts for two hours and past activities have included shelter building, orienteering and animal themed art and crafts. Booking is essential.

October Half Term Holiday Activity Programme [PDF] (file size 2448Kb)

 

Adult Events

We run a fascinating range of events aimed at an adult audience. Events for 2014 have included talks on urban Bees, wildlife gardening and hedgehogs and walks on flora and folklore, amphibians and bats. 

Upcoming events include a nature photography workshop, fungi foray and open day in the wildlife area.  

Conservation Volunteering

The Ecology Service offers the opportunity to help us carry out practical conservation work in Holland Park through Taskforce 4 Nature days every third Saturday of the month. Hundreds of hours of volunteer work have been given to improve our wildlife areas. Tasks range from meadow cutting, building dead-hedges, pond maintenance, building stag beetle loggeries, woodland management and more. The improvements link in with the priorities identified in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.

If you are looking to try something new, gain new skills, meet new people or just get your hands dirty then why not join Holland Park Conservation Volunteers on a Taskforce 4 Nature day.

View the current Taskforce 4 Nature day details [PDF] (file size 1.47Mb)

Ecology Centre Wall Art

The new Ecology Centre

The new Ecology Centre in Holland Park opened in September 2013. Our new location is in the woods by the adventure playground.

The building represents a wonderful opportunity for the established Ecology Service to build and extend its outdoor education programme.

Centre hire

Interested parties are able to hire out the centre for private functions, corporate events and children’s birthday parties. The new centre is fully wheelchair accessible. More information can be found on the Hiring the Ecology Centre webpages.

Ecology Centre opening times

When the centre is not being used for teaching or events we will be open Monday to Friday 3-5pm for the general public to enjoy the centre.

 

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