Free Learning Workshops at The Holly Lodge Centre

Thanks to Barbara Ward and Thames Water, we are offering free outdoor workshops to schools with high pupil premium numbers, as well as up to £500 towards the cost of the transport for your trip. 
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Places are limited so please get in contact soon. To book your class, please contact Sarah Allgrove on 0208 940 8730 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Friends of Richmond Park's campaign against the expansion of Heathrow Airport

Richmond Park is the quietest and darkest place in London, it is also world famous for wildlife conservation. The Friends of Richmond Park are campaigning against the proposed Heathrow expansion project which would involve flight paths directly over the park. The Friends of Richmond Park have released a video which explains their concerns, watch it here

Celebrating 25 years at the Holly Lodge Centre

The Holly lodge Centre has always aimed to make learning a joyful, hands-on experience.

So it seemed only natural to celebrate the charity’s 25 anniversary in the same way, by creating a showcase event, allowing sponsors and supporters to sample some popular activities for themselves.

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Clarendon school children hang out with live bats

We all went completely batty over some very special visitors to the Centre last week. We were joined by the whole of Clarendon Junior School, who came to learn all about bats. The classroom had been converted to a bat cave where the children donned costumes and discovered some stories about bats. Out on the nature trail we used our sensory dipping boxes to explore some more facts about bats, the children hunted for moths and recreated echolocation. The finale was to meet live bats kindly brought to the Centre by Derek from Surrey Bat Trust. We all met two tiny soprano pipistrelle bats, Billy and Benny, who were most obliging and let everyone get up close to have a look at them.

The day was even featured in the Richmond and Twickenham Times, read the article here.