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The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild have joined together to research and present a series of events in the parks to commemorate the centenary of World War One. For details of the events and the amazing facts revealled so far click here.

At The Royal Parks Guild we believe that social events are an important means of bringing our membership together who at some time in their life have been associated with The Royal Parks.

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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