24th June 2021

Butterflies Flutter by 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 we are pleased to announce the addition of two new stunning topiary butterflies in Norfolk Square Gardens.

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.

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 that we live and breathe.

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. We 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. We 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 email askus@paddingtonnow.co.uk/wordpress