The Holly Lodge Centre

The Holly Lodge Centre provides opportunities for people of all ages to focus on the rich natural environment of Richmond Park.

"I love Richmond park - it is simply the most extraordinary and inspiring environment in London," Ben says. "So when I discovered The Holly Lodge Centre I was blown away.

"Situated in the middle of the park, the Lodge's vision centres around special needs in a special place, teaching people with different backgrounds or experiences about the park and its history. It's about inspiring young people about the wildlife around them, and challenging everyone to think abut the environment they live in.

"There are very few parks like Richmond park and there are even fewer places like the Holly lodge Centre."

The Centre was officially opened in 1994 by Rolf Harris, and since then has flourished and is now able to offer a variety of courses run by trained volunteers - from photography to courses linked to the National Curriculum for schools.