Programme of Events

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We offer an on-going programme of informative talks and walks on environment and wildlife topics, open days in the wildlife area, training events and workshops. We also offer conservation volunteering events every third Saturday of the month.

View our 2017 programme [PDF] (file size 157KB) for a flavour of the type of events and activities we offer. Please visit the centre, parks reception or a RBKC library for a more detailed paper copy.

Free Gardening for Wildlife Workshops

Calling all gardeners! Pick up practical tips to improve your garden and growing spaces for wildlife in our series of free horticultural workshops at Holland Park Ecology Centre.  

Led by Julie Henley- Wilkinson a qualified organic horticulturist and gardener who promotes wellbeing and biodiversity. She has two allotments and grows a mixture of cut flowers, soft and tree fruits and vegetables for the table.

You are welcome to book all five workshops or just one or two.

These 2 hour workshops are suitable for any level of ability from complete beginner to experienced head gardeners! All welcome.

These workshops are funded by RBKC Ecology Service and Greener Living department.

Workshop dates:

  • Tuesday 16 May
  • Tuesday 23 May
  • Saturday 3 June
  • Tuesday 13 June
  • Tuesday 27 June

Start times: 6.30 pm Tuesdays and 10 am on Saturday

Gardening to promote wildlife

Small space gardening

Ideas for making the most of small spaces and what will grow well in a small space. Make a small recycled container to reuse, sow seed and take home.

Growing Herbs

Discover the world of herbs. We will learn about annual and perennial herbs and discover why they are so good at attracting wildlife in the garden. Explore what to make with and how to use herbs in cookery. Plus, a practical activity of how to take cuttings and grow your plant stock.

Composting for beginners

Learn about composting, understanding soil and growing materials. It will include how to compost effectively, ideas for homemade potting mix from natural materials and practical activities like soil testing.

Thrifty Gardening

 ‘It doesn’t have to cost the Earth” ideas and ways to grow a range of plants on a budget, including easy veg/salad growing.  We will explore the park gardens to find seeds to save and grow on as seedlings for your gardens.

Ecology Events 2017

Amphibian Walk

Frogs, toads and newts are the focus of this evening event. A member of the Ecology Education team will be leading this talk followed by a walk around the park to search for these creatures in the ponds and wood. Please bring a torch. 

Dawn Chorus Bird Walk

Early spring is an excellent time to experience the world’s oldest wake-up call - the dawn chorus - and the beauty of bird song. Led by professional ornithologist, David Darrell-Lambert, this event offers listeners a truly memorable experience as the dawn chorus builds from the first cheep to a crescendo of birdsong.

  • Date: Saturday 29 April
  • Time: 5 to 7am
  • Location: Abbotsbury Road Car Park, Holland Park

  Sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park

Cost: Free -  Booking essential   Visit our Eventbrite page to book, 'Dawn Chorus'

Family Bird Song Walk

Can you tell a robin from a blackbird from just their songs? Join David Darrell-Lambert, a bird expert, on a walk through Holland Park for a beginner’s introduction to birds and their calls.

Spring Bat Walk    

Discover the park’s flying nocturnal residents with an expert from the London Bat Group.  After an introductory talk head on a walk equipped with bat detectors around Holland Park to search for these mammals. Please bring a torch with you.

o   Sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park


Walk in the Woods: Wildlife Area Open Day

The Wildlife Area is only open to the public a few times a year. This is a great chance to explore a hidden corner of the park. In spring the woods are bursting with new life and growth, with woodland flowers and trees coming into leaf.

  • Date: Saturday 13 May
  • Time: Drop-in 12 noon-4pm,
  • Location: Holland Park Wildlife Area
  • Cost: Free

Wildlife Gardening Walk

Would you like to enhance your garden, doorstep or windowsill for wildlife? Led by a member of the Ecology Team, discover new ideas and gardening practices followed by a look at some wildlife features created in the park.

Summer Tree Walk

Holland Park has an amazing collection of exotic and native trees. Join Dr Alan Harrington, to discover how to identify different trees around the park and learn some fascinating botanical facts and figures.

  • Date: Saturday 20 May
  • Time: 11am to 1pm
  • Location: The Stable Yard, Holland Park  
  • Cost: Free


Pond of Delights: Wildlife Area Open day

Our new pond in the Wildlife Area will be open for everyone to enjoy. Have a go at pond dipping to discover its inhabitants. Learn more about the importance of ponds for wildlife and take part in craft activities.

  • Date: Saturday 3 June
  • Meet: Drop-in 12 noon to 4pm,
  • Location: Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: Free

Pond Dipping for Adults

Creatures like water scorpions, boatmen and cyclops await your discovery in this special chance for adults to go pond dipping at our wildlife pond. Armed with a net you will discover more about the great variety of strange animals that live and breed in this underwater world. What will you catch?

Wild Plants of Holland Park Walk

Join botanist, Dr Mark Spencer, to explore Holland Park’s wild plants and flowers. Discover how to identify different plants on this afternoon walk around the park and learn some fascinating botanical facts.  

Date: Saturday 24 June
Time: 2 to 4pm
Location: Holland Park Ecology Centre
Sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park 

Parakeet Walk and Talk 

Interested in learning about research on parakeets? Join this talk led by ornithologist Bill Haines and ecologist Netty Ribeaux, who has studied their distribution and behaviour. We will also head outside to see if we can spot some of these birds.

Sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park

Summer Tree Walk: The Basics

This walk, led by a member of the Ecology Education Team, gives a basic introduction to native tree species. You will learn how to hone your identification skills of trees in leaf using examples found in Holland Park.

Bumblebee Talk

Our bumblebees are under threat. Join us for an informative and eye opening talk about the diversity and importance of bumblebees both for gardens and natural habitats. by Allan Watson from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

  • Date: Thursday 20 July
  • Time: 6.30 to 8pm,
  • Location: Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: Free - booking essential

Sponsored by the Friends of Holland Park

Brilliant Butterflies: Ecology Centre Open day

Discover these colourful acrobats through art and craft activities, quizzes and a trail looking for different species and their food plants. Find out why some butterfly species are declining and ways to encourage more butterflies to visit your garden.

  • Date: Saturday 22 July
  • Time: Drop-in 12 noon to 4pm,
  • Location: Holland Park Ecology Centre
  • Cost: Free

Dazzling Dragonflies: Wildlife Area Open Day

Summer is the season for dragonflies and damselflies to emerge. Drop in to the Wildlife Area and identify these insects as they hover above the pond. See if you can find their nymphs and other pond creatures by taking part in pond dipping.

  • Date: 12 August
  • Time: Drop-in 12 noon to 4pm,
  • Location: Holland Park Wildlife Area
  • Cost: Free


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