News 2020
Ecology walks and talks
As with everything else, the programme of interesting wildlife walks and talks, many sponsored by The Friends, is on hold. If permitted, they might resume later in the year. Keep up with news on
[Summer 2020]




Wednesday, 22 April 2020 at 7.30pm in the Orangery

Be sure to put 22 April in your diary and come along to our AGM. The formal part is usually over quickly and we have time to talk about what has been achieved over the past year and what needs to be done now.

A great deal has been achieved in the past 12 months. This time last year, Holland House had been put on Historic England’s At-Risk Register, and now we are well on the way to expert conservation. Woodland restoration has started, and some bare patches of muddy earth have been fenced off to give them a chance to regenerate. Plans are afoot for other improvements.

Often, when it seems things are improving, people do not feel they need to come to the AGM.  But please do come, as there are still issues that need sorting out, as there will be with any park. Come and challenge us with thoughtful questions and share your ideas. The trustees need your support and want to know that we are representing you.

As always, we will have the chance to catch up with each other over a glass of wine after the meeting. I look forward to seeing lots of you on the 22 April.

Jennie Kettlewell

[Spring 2020]

Pimm’s in the Park

On hold pending further information

Wednesday, 8 July 2020, 6-8pm, in the marquee east of the Dutch GardenCome and join us for our annual summer party in the marquee on the raised terrace overlooking the formal garden. In this lovely venue this is the only Friends event that is exclusively for members and their guests, plus invited councillors, council officers and the parks police, in appreciation of their support. The party is always much enjoyed, and it is a good opportunity to chat to others with an interest in the park.

As always, we have the General Director of Opera Holland Park, Michael Volpe, to thank for the use of this weather-proof and scenic venue. We hope very much that Michael will join us, as it will be his last summer as General Director of the opera. Pimm’s, soft drinks and canapés will be served. Tickets are £18 each.

[Spring 2020]


Due to current Government advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak, The Friends of Holland Park have made the decision to cancel or postpone all its April events.

•    Art exhibition (18-26 April) is cancelled
•    Members’ AGM (22 April) will be held later in the year
•    Ancora concert (24 April) will be held later in the year
•    Dawn Chorus Walk, run by the Ecology Service, has been cancelled

•    Pimms in the Park (8 July) on hold pending more information.

It was sad to have to make this decision, but it is more important that we all stay safe and healthy.

The Park itself is open, but busy, so please observe the 2m distance guidance if you visit. Facilities, such as toilets, tennis courts, cafe, kiosks, playgrounds and outdoor gym are closed, as is the Parks Reception Office. The Parks Police remain on duty.

[Spring 2020]

The Ancora Duo


Friday, 24 April, at 7.30pm in the Orangery

Last April our annual spring recital, taking place during our art exhibition in the Orangery, was performed by the flute and guitar duo, The Ancora Duo: respectively Anne Allen and Sarah Freestone. This duo was so popular that we have asked them to perform for us again this year. The programme is still a secret except that, by popular request, we have been promised the tango by Piazzolla that was so loved last year. Tickets at £18, to include wine and canapés.

[Spring 2020]

Ecology Service events sponsored by The Friends


These events are free, but must be booked. Please call the Ecology Team on 020 7938 8186 or e-mail

Sat 21 March  Beginner’s Guide to bird-watching, David Darrell-Lambert. 9-11.30am

Thurs 2 April  Spring Botany Walk, Dr Mark Spencer. 6-7.30pm

Sat 25 April  Dawn Chorus Bird Walk, David Darrell-Lambert. 5-7am

Wed 6 May  Spring Bat Walk. 8.30-10pm

Thurs 14 May  House Sparrow Talk, Daria Dadam. 6-7.30pm

Thurs 21 May  Common Lizard Talk. 6.30-8pm

Thurs 28 May  Amphibian Walk. 6.30-8pm