Today the impressive new 27 acre Future Gardens visitor attraction near St Albans was unveiled by actress and patron Emilia Fox. The pioneering conservation project, open from June to October, represents a notable achievement in the current economic environment. It is estimated that 200,000 visitors of all ages will explore the inspirational gardens over the next four months.
The focus of the event, the first of its kind in the UK, is its ongoing commitment to bio-diversity as the first phase of the £27m Butterfly World Project. It is a standard-bearer for the future as it re-establishes new wildlife habitats that have been destroyed by development. Its nectar-rich planting throughout the permanent and designer gardens offers a banquet for native species of butterflies and bees and other wildlife. The ultimate goal of the entire project is that it will flourish year on year as the permanent landscape develops.
By encouraging visitors to interact with all the gardens, Future Gardens aims to inspire and challenge visitors to think about how they can play their part in creating positive environments for wildlife. As such it is intentionally moving away from more traditional garden shows.
Marking the opening, actress Emilia Fox, a project patron says:
“The knowledge, passion and care of the team behind this project has helped create an inspirational showcase to be shared with the many thousands of people visiting Future Gardens – the first phase of Butterfly World. Butterflies are the inspiration behind this whole project and hold special memories for all of us. It is important that we hand those memories safely onto the next generation.”
Hugo Bugg has designed one of the twelve international show gardens which will feature at the Butterfly World Project. “Narratives of Nature is a contemporary woodland garden is nature’s pantry; open for strolling, learning, reflecting and exploring”