Heavy Horses drafted in to create a home for grass and wildflowers

22 March 2019

Written by: Lambeth Council

Environment - Focus on Brixton

Lambeth Leisure’s Parks team will manage a new grass and wildflower meadow being created this month in Brockwell Park.

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Heavy Horses drafted in to create a home for grass and wildflowers

Lambeth Leisure’s Parks team will manage a new grass and wildflower meadow being created this month in Brockwell Park.

Local species

The new space is designed to boost biodiversity and be a home to local species of grass and food plants. It’s using a site left by a redundant Redgra pitch between the BMX track and the Lido.

Word from the Cabinet

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, said: “This is a great example of heritage farming methods and community volunteers coming together to add another important, environmentally-friendly feature that will make Lambeth’s award-winning Green Flag parks even more attractive.”

Heavy horses

With weeds and scrub burned out earlier in March, a team of heavy horses from Operation Centaur started onsite in mid March to prepare the ground for seeding the new meadow.

Operation Centaur maintains the last working herd of Shire horses in London, and is dedicated to the protection and survival of the breed. They are based in Richmond Park and work regularly in London’s Royal Parks and Historic Royal Palaces. They also take part in charity and conservation projects to show the sustainability of humans and horses working together.

Sowing seeds

Trust for Conservation Volunteers will be working with Lambeth’s Parks team to prepare the new meadow, sowing grass and wildflower seeds on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28. March.

For more information

  • SUEZ recycling and recovery UK has contributed over £110 million to support more than 4,000 projects through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. For more information about projects and funding see their information pages
  • For more about Operation Centaur and the conservation work that the Heavy Horses are involved in see their information pages