The Horniman Gardens have always been a wonderful resource for all of our local community, and this past year has seen them play an even more important role in helping people’s mental health and wellbeing.
We now want to enhance the Gardens for the whole community by creating a more welcoming, safe and peaceful haven for people and wildlife. One of the country’s busiest and most congested roads – London’s South Circular (A205) – runs alongside the Horniman. As a result, our Gardens and the wildlife that live there suffer from noise and air pollution at an increasing rate.
This year, we are tackling this problem and we need your help.
Here’s what we have planned:
We will improve the existing plant border on the boundary of the garden running parallel to the A205. This new area has been carefully designed in the theme of a woodland edge habitat. The planting will provide a natural and safe environment for wildlife and enhance biodiversity, provide shade and improve air quality and reduce noise pollution.
Starting with a line of densely planted silver birch trees, we will plant a mix of native shrubs, herbaceous plants and bulbs to produce a mid-layer and ground cover planting. The grass will be left to grow long and return to a meadow. These layers of vegetation will create a brilliant barrier between the Gardens and the main road.
By supporting our London Road Tree Planting Appeal, you will help the Horniman achieve some incredible things.
- Create a visual barrier to London’s busy South Circular
- Improve CO2 absorption and reduce noise pollution in the Gardens
- Enhance people’s wellbeing by creating a more peaceful place
- Provide a fantastic resource for wildlife
- Create new and diverse planting of native shrubs and trees
- Installation of log piles and bird boxes to encourage wildlife
The Horniman needs to raise £10,000 to complete this planting. Any additional donations raised will be used to care for the new planting in its first year and for general gardens year-round maintenance. If you love our Gardens and want to make a difference, why not show your appreciation by making a donation. It will make a huge impact.