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The Holly Lodge Centre provides an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn from a series of hands-on experiences focusing on the rich natural environment in the unique setting of Richmond Park. These activities range from art, gardening and photography to environmental and historical interpretation programmes that are linked to the National Curriculum for schools. All kinds of groups are catered for and have included special schools, day centres, mainstream schools, holiday clubs, hospitals and many other kinds of organisations. Activities are adapted to help visitors gain maximum benefit and enjoyment from the Park.
In addition to outdoor activities, groups can also experience and learn about life and society in Victorian times by visiting 'Mrs Sawyer's Kitchen' - an old farm building that has been transformed to provide an authentic glimpse of the Victorian age. There is also a kitchen garden planted with old varieties of vegetables, and our replica Victorian Pharmacy.
The Centre is located at Holly Lodge, the Park's administrative headquarters and base for the Metropolitan Police. This is a secure site. It is run as a charity(charity no 1076741) in collaboration with the Royal Parks.
In 2005 the Holly Lodge Centre received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.