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Call to Action: Garden Party

23 April 2012

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Family picnic at Serpentine Gallery, London

After a week of featuring beautiful Grand Gardens across the country, from a heritage garden at 1,000 feet above sea level to an exotic garden on the English Riviera, we are just itching to get out and enjoy the UK’s green spaces in the coming months – weather permitting, of course. So this week we’ve decided to look at the events happening in gardens of all shapes and sizes, as we look forward to the Spring/ Summer season of parties, picnics and proms.

Special events at heritage properties and nature reserves are a great opportunity to see the natural environment in a different way, as spaces for fun and adventures, and to bring these places to life. For example, our Meet the Species project has events happening across the country in the next few months (have a look on the London 2012 website), allowing one and all to take part in wildlife activities and surveys at a wide variety of locations – anything ranging from cemeteries to country houses. Or if you are keen to take part in the big two events of the summer, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (in case you didn’t know), many gardens and heritage properties are running Olympic-themed or royal activities for all ages, such as celebrating the Jubilee at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight with Victorian games and equestrian shows, or joining in the festivities as the London 2012 Olympic Torch stops over at the Eden Project in Cornwall and makes a spectacular flight around its Rainforest Biome.

Kew Gardens celebrating 100 days to go to the London 2012 Olympic Games with some impressive flower beds.

If you are planning your celebrations for the Jubilee, Olympic Games or just the arrival of warmth and sunshine (fingers crossed!), seek out the best of the UK’s gardens and see what’s happening in the green spaces near you. In the meantime, we’ll give you some ideas for where to host your Garden Party or enjoy the warmer, drier weather – all coming up on our blog this week, so stay with us.

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