Topiary Butterfly Garden in Norfolk Square
With Neighbourhood CIL funding from the Forum, PaddingtonNow BID has created a topiary butterfly display in Westminster’s Norfolk Square Gardens.
Elegant, graceful and bursting with colour and style, the butterfly is arguably one of the most delightful creatures on the planet and PaddingtonNow BID announced the addition of the two stunning topiary butterflies in Norfolk Square Gardens in August.
Much like their real-life counterparts, these topiary butterflies are not just for show and their garden has been designed specifically to attract more butterflies and insects to play their very important roles in our ecosystem, including pollination and natural pest control.
Britain has 59 resident species of butterfly, but with these numbers rapidly declining it’s now more important than ever to encourage them to thrive in nature and in doing so improve the environment.
The topiary butterflies will not only improve biodiversity and air quality in the area but also attract more people to the square to relax and enjoy events. It was for these reasons the BID was able to secure funding for the project through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) with support from Westminster City Council and the Hyde Park Paddington Neighbourhood Forum.
The BID worked with Agrumi Bespoke Topiary to design the butterflies and plan the surrounding planting. They are also working with Big City Butterflies to encourage butterflies to the area and will continue to work with them over the coming years to monitor species and numbers through butterfly surveys.
PaddingtonNow BID hope to encourage local workers and residents to take part and will be planning some educational sessions on this. If you would like to take part, please contact the team.