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The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is seeking volunteers to help us research, interpret and share our WW1 history. There’s plenty of training and support on offer.
Can you help us fill in the gaps and tell our stories of the Parks in World War I?
We are seeking volunteer researchers to explore the history of the Royal Parks in the First World War further.
To find out more go to the Team London or The Royal Parks website.

We are looking for the names of park employees who served in the First World War. Click here to find out more.

Battlefields to Butterflies - apprentice workshop

Battlefields to Butterflies - apprentice workshop

On 8 March 2018 the Guild held an apprentice workshop at The Royal Hospital Chelsea, in partnership with The Royal Hospital Chelsea and The Royal Parks. The day’s activities included an introductory seesion, the story behind The Royal Parks World War 1 project (which is a separate initiative to the Guild’s Battlefield to Butterflies) and a presentation about the Battlefields to Butterflies project.

A group of 24 apprentices and trainees from various centres as far afield as Highgrove Estate and Osborne House to The Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces took part in an exercise to come up with ideas for a wildflower area and memorial to be placed in Brompton cemetery in November. Five groups that included a Chelsea Pensioner and a fascilitator were tasked over 50 minutes to sketch design the meadow and present their findings to the whole assembly.

After lunch Ron Wilmore, Head Gardener for The Royal Hospital Chelsea, gave a brief tour of the grounds and the nursery where, for the next in this series of workshops, we will be asking the trainees and Chelsea Pensioners to propogate and sow wildflowers for the proposed meadow at Brompton Cemetery. Details of this will follow soon.

The Battlefields to Butterflies project is led by The Royal Parks Guild and J&L Gibbons Landscape Architect working in pertnership with a range of supporting organisations.

The Royal Parks Guild are dedicated to helping parks’ apprentice schemes and those that join them. If you would like to help us then click here to see if you could become a member of the Guild.

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The Secretary
The Royal Parks Guild
14 Nelson Place
Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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