Discover what makes the Plantation so special
The Isabella Plantation has undergone substantial improvement thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. There has been much clearing of invasive Rhododendron to give native species a chance to grow. It has also been made much more accessible for people with limited mobility. However this has not made the Plantation any less magical and it is still quite easy to get lost!
On 5th March, Discoverers volunteers hosted a group of Young Farmers from Surrey Docks. Surrey Docks Farm is described by Wikipedia as "a working city farm in the heart of London". It is located on the south bank of the River Thames in Rotherhithe.
Around 20 young people between the ages of 8 and 14 spent a day in Richmond Park in connection with their work for the John Muir Award - an environmental scheme which "encourages people to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places".
To find out more about Surrey Docks Farm and the John Muir Award, follow the links below.
It was interesting and fun showing the visitors Richmond Park and explaining its special status. We even got them involved in some basic conservation work - dismantling dens built by other visitors and using the wood for 'dead hedging', in line with the Park's 'Tread Lightly' policy.
Den-building is understandably popular with some visitors but it is discouraged by the Park for reasons explained in the notes below.These were put together by Janet Bostok, one of the Park's environmental volunteers, who was with us on the day and led the den-dismantling and and dead hedging activity.
The Young Farmers had a great time in spite of the weather, and we look forward to welcoming them again later in the year.
Building our dead hedge
The finished project!