Quadron Services has been working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the University of Reading’s Lionel Smith in a pioneering project to create a floral lawn in Avondale Park.
The floral lawn is the first of its kind in an amenity space and is the brainchild of Lionel Smith, a PhD researcher based at the University of Reading, whose project and research was launched at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
The concept is based on covering an area with a mix of both British and other wild flowers from around the world, including some ornamental cultivars, but no grass. Once established, the floral lawn will provide a highly biodiverse sward that is attractive to parks users while also providing a vital habitat for nectar gathering insects such as butterflies and bees. The feature adds to the many other enhancements that have been introduced in the park as part of the Royal Borough’s Biodiversity Action Plan, such as loggeries and nest boxes.
Quadron has worked with Lionel Smith and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea since the start of the project to propagate many thousands of carefully selected native and non-native wildflowers from plugs and seeds. These were then grown on in the green houses at Holland Park where they have been carefully nurtured by Quadron staff.
In May, once the plants were sufficiently mature, they were transported to Avondale Park in their trays where Quadron and the Royal Borough staff then worked together to lay them in the beautiful mosaic style that forms the stunning new floral lawn.
The area will be cut back on a regular basis to promote flowering and, due to the varieties of plants selected, the lawn can be colourful from March to November. Once it has settled, visitors to the park will be able to walk on it for a closer look at the flowers and plants used.
Quadron is proud to have been involved in this first of its kind project and looks forward to caring for the lawn as it matures.