New Community Wildlife Space Grand Opening at Capel Crystal Palace Park

Staff and students of Capel Manor College, with their community partner, Emily Harris are pleased to announce the opening of the Crystal Palace Park Community Wildlife Space. The nature space has been part-funded by Bromley Council's Community Project Fund.

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The Space will attract and support local wildlife and provide the local community with opportunities to learn about, explore and engage with nature found on their south-east London doorstep. There is a multitude of wildlife and learning features including:

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The Space has been created on a 100m square piece of land that was inaccessible to the public, however members of the community will now be able to gain access to the space through the Farm in Crystal Palace Park.

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Staff and students of Capel will maintain and develop the Space on an ongoing basis, improving the features and activities in collaboration with the local community. A programme of community events and family learning activities is also in development.

For more information about the Community Wildlife Space and courses at Capel’s Crystal Palace Centre please call 020 8778 5572.