Date – 5 October 2017
Time – 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where – Hyde Park Nursery, Hyde Park, London, . View Map

Contact – southeast@horticulture.org.uk 

We have the opportunity to visit the brand new Hyde Park Nursery to hear all about this £5 million project that aims to produce nearly all the 500,000 flowers needed for all eight Royal Parks.

This ambitious development, replacing the 1960s nursery, is the first glasshouse production facility in the UK to use special roof technology, similar to that at Wimbledon, which opens and closes depending on the weather. The retractable roof will help harden off young plants prior to planting out, streamlining the growing process.

Growing about 98% of the plants used across the Royal Parks reduces the need for plant material to be transported long distances, provides educational opportunities for Royal Parks apprentices, and to the local community through workshops and open days. The glasshouse includes a rainwater recovery system, LED lighting, and modern efficient boilers. It is estimated the Royal Parks will save £200,000 a year through improved energy efficiency, reduced wastage, and reduced transport costs.

Climate control technology enables the thirteen different sections of the glasshouse to be tailored to the growing requirements of a wide range of plants, as the Royal Parks uses up to 2,000 different species and cultivars.  Join us on this special visit to see the future of nursery growing.

Meet at the nursery entrance at 6pm. See the map below for details of how to get there. There is no vehicle access.

Members £8.00, Non-Members £10.

All welcome, members and non-members. CPD certificates for attendance are available on request from your Branch Events Organiser