Established in 1994, the Holly Lodge Centre provides nearly 8,500 visitors each year a hands-on encounter with Richmond Park's nature and heritage.

The Centre is funded mainly from donations from private and non-governmental organisations, along with income from various fund-raising events.

What we do

what we do

In the restful setting of Richmond Park, the Holly Lodge Centre offers a range of educational activities for groups of children, young people and adults - particularly those with special educational needs and disabilities - focused on the nature and Victorian heritage of the Park. 

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History of the Centre

The Centre was founded in 1994 as part of the Royal Parks education programme.  Its aim was to provide an inspirational space to experience Richmond Park.  It became a separate charity in 1999 and the Centre celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2014.

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People and management

The Centre has two employees, supported by over 70 volunteers and our board of Trustees.  Our volunteers lead the teaching sessions and complete most of the administrative tasks for the Centre, which is managed day-to-day by Centre Manager Anna King and Education Centre Coordinator Freya Ward.

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Facilities available

The Centre has fully accessible facilities including;

  • three indoor classrooms: a general activity room, a Victorian schoolroom and a replica Victorian pharmacy
  • a nature trail with dipping ponds, a Victorian garden, and a picnic lawn
  • spacious toilets for people with disabilities.

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Financial and funding

The Centre operates on a budget of approximately £90,000 a year together with volunteer time valued at at least £70,000.  Funding comes from trusts and foundations, fund-raising events and individual donations.  Our charges to visitors amount to only 15% of our costs: we receive no monetary funding from central or local government.

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Richmond Park

Richmond Park is approximately 12 miles from Central London, yet it is a green and tranquil oasis, with a beautiful landscape, a host of wildlife and a fascinating history.  The Park has been designated a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a European Special Area of Conservation to protect its rare invertebrates, ancient oak trees and acid grassland.

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