Regents Park

The gardens of this royal park are much admired by the many visitors who come to enjoy the carefully designed flower beds, always colourful, neat and tidy.


But the sight of clumps of daffodils creating like a gathering of people coming together - in contrast to the plants lined up in military precision in the formal planting - bestows a more gentle beauty.


Clumps of daffodils


And daisies appear naturally in the grass which has been left unmown, as part of a plan to encourage wildlife.



Daisies


The wide paths, expanses of immaculate lawns and the symmetry of the flower beds may be pleasing to the human eye but along with industrial sized lawn mowers they create a hostile environment for hedgehogs.


And Regents Park is a vital breeding ground for hedgehogs along with a whole range of other creatures.


At the far end of the park near the canal the area has been left in its natural state and now there are other areas that have been left to nature to create a more welcoming sanctuary for wildlife.



Wild woods


Not far from the rose garden a pile of logs is a home for many different creatures, providing shelter, safety and even hospitality as many different diets are catered for with vegetation breaking down and different species of insects on the menu.



A perfect home


In the wildlife area there are paths that lead into the bushes so that children can explore and a pond - water is an essential feature of a healthy eco system.



Footpaths in the wildlife area


The pond


Regents Park: once a royal hunting ground, then farmland, before being laid out as a formal park.


And now playing an invaluable role in protecting the natural world.


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