The Green Heritage Challenge Brings Exciting Volunteering Opportunities

The London Parks & Gardens Trust (LPGT) has received a grant from the National Park City Festival to enable us to take part in this exciting week-long celebration of our capital and its green spaces. This means that there are some exciting opportunities available for volunteers to help us out with our project, the Green Heritage Challenge.

The Festival comes to London between 19th and 26th July 2019 for the first time. It is organised by London National Park City, which is a charity that – put simply – aims to improve life in London. It is a place you can explore, a vision you can share and a community you can join. It’s a celebration of everything that has been done to make London’s landscape, ecology and culture enjoyable. It is a large-scale and long-term challenge to improve life in the city through many small and achievable actions.

Therefore, in the spirit of the Festival and of the LPGT itself, we have developed the Green Heritage Challenge.

About the Green Heritage Challenge

We want to use this grant to promote and engage with the fabulous parks and gardens that have previously been involved in the OGSW weekend but which, for logistical reasons, we did not include this year.

So we developed the Challenge which – part-photography competition and part-garden trail – will get people exploring the history and current features of beautiful London gardens and sending us their best photos.

We are keen to create activities that promote famous or unknown features in the open green spaces across London. We aim to create a series of downloadable resources that give clues and information about various heritage parks in London. Participants would register, complete the working sheets and send in pictures confirming they have visited the location. There will be category prize-winners.

What opportunities are available?

You would be part of a team of volunteers working on this one-off project, researching the parks for special features and writing clues, and developing the project administration throughout June and July 2019.

So whether you have an in-depth knowledge of London and its green spaces, or if you just simply like the sound of it and would like to help us out, we would really benefit from any time you could make to work on our project.

How can I find out more?

Please view the role outline for full details of the Challenge. The National Park City Festival website has general information on the Festival and the charity behind it. The website for the Green Heritage Challenge will be launched in due course.

How can I get involved?

If you are interested in being involved, we’d love to hear from you! Please email Ruth Holmes at Ruth.Holmes (at) and she can discuss this with your further.

Look out for updates on the Green Heritage Challenge on our website, newsletters and social media channels.

Hoop’s Top Picks for Families at Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019

With just a few days to go until Open Garden Squares Weekend returns to the capital, the team at Hoop (the UK’s #1 place to discover and book family activities) have picked out their top events for families at this year’s Weekend.

“At Hoop, we’re always working to help families to explore their local area and connect with their community in new ways. That’s why we’re super excited for Open Garden Squares Weekend 2019. London’s hidden gardens will be opening their gates and filled with amazing activities for the whole family. We’re delighted to bring you our picks for families at this year’s Weekend.”

The Hoop team’s top choices are:

  1. Meet Jess French and Make a Bird Feeder
    Oasis Farm Waterloo, SE1 | Saturday 08 June

    Join Jess French, vet, explorer and Cbeebies presenter, to hear how children can attract more wildlife into their gardens and about her latest book ‘How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear’.

  2. Meet ‘Grow Your Own Sensation’ Huw Richards
    Approach Gardens, E2 & Regent’s Park Allotment Gardens, NW1 | Sunday 09 June

    Meet Huw Richards, celebrated as the ‘future of gardening’, for a workshop where you can learn all about growing your own plants. Huw started gardening at just 3 years old and uploaded his first gardening video at just 12!

  3. Wellness Talk with Catherine Arnold
    Bell House, SE21 | Sunday 09 June

    Ever wondered which foods help keep you healthy or look after your gut? Join Catherine Arnold for expert advice for the whole family on keeping your gut healthy, including a sauerkraut demonstration and tasting.

Hoop is the UK’s #1 place to discover and book family activities and is trusted by over one million families. Listing over 80,000 different family activities each week from exciting talks and workshops, like those at the Open Garden Squares Weekend, to local baby and toddler groups, dance classes, sports clubs and more.