Pimm’s in the Park

Tuesday, 11 July 2017, 6-8pm, in the marquee east of the Dutch Garden

Our annual summer party is almost upon us, so hurry to book if you wish to attend. We again have to thank Michael Volpe, General Director of Opera Holland Park, for kindly allowing us to use the marquee on the raised terrace at the east end of the Dutch Garden. He will be one of our special guests. This year the party will coincide with an opera rehearsal, which will mean that access to the marquee will only be from the Dutch Garden.

This is our one event of the year that is only open to Friends and their immediate guests, but not to the general public. Pimm’s, soft drinks and canapés will be served. The trustees will again be inviting other special guests in gratitude for helping the Friends in their efforts to make the park a place of enjoyment and relaxation for everyone.

Tickets, at £17 each, can be booked on the order form which can be downloaded here.

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Ecology Events Sponsored or Run by the Friends

Come and explore the natural world we are lucky enough to have in Holland Park. Many of the talks, walks and events organised by the Ecology team are sponsored by the Friends so that they can be free for participants. Experts will help us discover things in the park that we may not notice for ourselves.

Events sponsored by the Friends

6 July: Ornithologist, Bill Haines, and ecologist Netty Ribeaux will entertain us with some fascinating facts from research on parakeets, before we go out into the park to see if we can spot parakeets congregating before they head off to roost. Bill is well known to many park visitors from his annual bird-ringing demonstration in the Wildlife Area.

10 July: We are delighted that Allan Watson of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust is back again to tell us more about the threat facing bumblebees, and about their importance for our gardens, natural habitats and of course our park. Alan is passionate about these most loved and familiar of our garden insects and is always keen to share his knowledge with us.

The Trust’s leaflet says ‘bumblebees have smelly feet’: I think we need to know more.

14 September: Join an expert from the London Bat Group and delve into the nocturnal world of bats. Learn about their natural history before searching for them with bat detectors in Holland Park. You need to bring a torch.

All the above events are free, but you do need to book on ecology.centre@rbkc.gov.uk or 020 7938 8186.

Events run by the Friends

John WellsThe Friends run a Nature Walk on the first Saturday of each month, for which you do not need to book. We meet outside the Holland Park Café at 9 a.m. and choose a route to see whatever is of interest at the time, whether birds, plants or trees.

We are delighted that John Wells has agreed to lead the Nature Walk on Saturday, 1 July. John is an experienced nature-walk leader and has a remarkably varied knowledge about birds, beasties and green things that grow. He also knows Holland Park and some of the natural history delights in it. On this occasion he will pay particular attention to our native trees, and help us be more aware of what we have.

The full Ecology programme can be found on www.rbkc.gov.uk/ecology

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Jacobean Country Houses in the London Countryside

Wednesday, 18 October 2017, at 7pm in the Orangery

Malcolm AirsWe sometimes forget what makes Holland House so special, but it is of course a fine example of Jacobean architecture, and we are fortunate to have it as the centrepiece of our park. Who better to set Holland House in context than Malcolm Airs, Emeritus Professor of Conservation and the Historic Environment at Oxford University.

He will tell us about the changes in architecture and appearance of country houses in the early seventeenth century, placing Holland House in the wider context of a distinctive group of houses in the London suburbs, such as Charlton House, Ham House and the Dutch House at Kew. He will examine the roles played by patrons, developers and designers, and will explain why Holland House is so important.

Professor Airs’ many distinguished roles include serving on advisory committees of English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, past president of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, member of both the Council and the Architecture Panel of the National Trust.

This talk could not be better timed as our local council considers what conservation work needs to be undertaken to ensure our grand old building is kept in a state that will delight future generations.

Tickets are £18, to include wine and Janice Miles’ delicious canapés. To order tickets please download an order form here.

Photo: Professor Malcolm Airs

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