HYDE PARK SUPER NURSERY
The Royal Parks (TRP) says the £5million ‘super nursery’ project will help it grow nearly all the 500,000 flowers and shrubs it plants across its eight London parks.
The complete project includes the glasshouse, environment control systems, LED lighting, rainwater recovery systems and over 4,000 square metres of ebb / flood benching.
The nursery is the first major glasshouse production facility in the UK to use Deforche Cabrio technology which, much like the roof at Wimbledon Centre Court, can open and close dependent on the fickle British weather. The roof helps the acclimatisation of young plants, so they do not have to be moved outside for hardening – saving on labour and maximising space.
Covering the size of a football pitch, the new greenhouse replaces the previous 1960s nursery which had reached the end of its life and was beyond repair.
As well as helping TRP save £200,000 per year on its planting costs, the nursery will also deliver educational opportunities for TRP apprentices and engage the community through workshops and open days.
The glasshouse is split into 13 computer controlled zones, each operated by the Climate Controls MS100 PowerStation which adapts the climate according to the needs of the plants.
MORE ABOUT THE ROYAL PARKS
Every year there are an estimated 77 million visits to London’s eight Royal Parks. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of London.
The Royal Parks are:
Bushy Park, The Green Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, The Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill, Richmond Park and St James’s Park. The Royal Parks also manages Victoria Tower Gardens, Brompton Cemetery, Grosvenor Square Gardens and the gardens of 10, 11 and 12 Downing Street.
For further information please visit: www.royalparks.org.uk
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