The heavens opened on the Open Day

Although the rain came down in stair-rods on 23rd September, it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of faithful Holly Lodge volunteers, who arrived swathed in macs and wellies to welcome the general public on Richmond Park Open Day.

Despite the horrible weather, a slow trickle of visitors started to come through the gates and the number increased to a steady stream as the relentless rain finally eased off a little and people sloshed their way over to us to find out more about the work that goes on behind the scenes in the Park.

Those who braved the elements were rewarded with a diverse and fascinating range of talks, demonstrations and activities, organised by the Royal Parks and affiliated charities – and the Holly Lodge Centre was right at the heart of the action.

Predictably, projects that took place inside where it was warm and dry were popular– our Victorian schoolroom and pharmacy attracted a lot of visitors and many youngsters enjoyed making seed bombs and peg dolls and poppies to commemorate the centenary of World War 1.

Hardier members of the community even ventured outside to inspect our kitchen garden and explore our award-winning nature trail.

Overall the total number of visitors was over 1100, which was an excellent result, considering the soggy conditions, which persisted until closing time, when the sun came out and we had a beautiful evening.

Frustrating - but then that’s nature for you!

A big thank you.

We want to say an enormous thank you to Ron Teague and Joyce Bing who have raised over £4,000 for the Holly Lodge Centre. Ron and Joyce are photographers and have developed a series of presentations of their amazing photographs of Richmond Park. They are available to deliver their presentations to local groups and organisations, always requesting that any fees are donated to the Holly Lodge Centre. We are extremely grateful for their support and generousity. If any groups are interested in booking a presentation, Ron can be contacted  by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ride London 2018!

On Sunday 29th July we were very fortunate to have two teams of intrepid cyclists riding for us in the Prudential Ride London event.

Read more ...