London Heritage Quarter Nature Trail

The London Heritage Quarter trail begins with three sculptures of a Squirrel, Hare and Badger, found in Christchurch, Lower Grosvenor and Whitehall Gardens. The sculptures have been made from sustainable materials to reflect The King’s longstanding and deep environmental concern. The trail welcomed three additional sculptures in early June and is in place over the summer so that visitors can explore the different animals throughout the Northbank, Victoria, Victoria Westminster and Whitehall areas. With this in mind, we have created a map trail to encourage visitors to explore London Heritage Quarter and the royal processional route on foot and look out for some of the amazing eateries whilst you roam about the area.

Nature Trail Locations:

  • Badger – Lower Grosvenor Gardens
  • Hare – Christchurch Gardens
  • Squirrell – Whitehall Gardens
  • Swan – Victoria Tower Gardens
  • Owl – Victoria Embankment Gardens
  • Otter – Strand Aldwych

About the Artist:

Cherry works and lives in Manchester, she started basket making in 1996. From the start, she was hooked by the direct nature of working some sticks with only her hands into an object which could be functional and aesthetically pleasing. She found that there is a natural human instinct to make things from raw materials. Cherry uses natural materials – primarily willow, bark and rush – to make sculpture and basketry. Her work takes her across the Northwest, and she undertakes commissions like the one you see here and also delivers workshops in both willow basket making and sculptures. She enjoys the diversity that her work allows her, and all of it is connected by a love of weaving.

For the Sustainable Willow:

Willow is a sustainable material. It is coppiced which is an ancient and traditional method for managing woodland that is good for nature and the environment. These beautiful sculptures have been made by hand and each one is bespoke, they have been hired which means they can be taken to different locations and displayed again or repurposed to minimise waste. The plinths are made from repurposed scaffolding beams which can be reused we have ensured a high focus on sustainability in the creation of the installations.

Download Map Here 

Royal Processional Route

Buckingham Palace – Architects: John Nash, William Winde, Aston Webb, Edward Blore, Thomas Cubitt – Neoclassical Architecture

Admiralty Arch – Architect: Aston Webb – Neoclassical Architecture, Edwardian Architecture

Horseguards Parade – Architects: William Kent, John Vardy – Palladian Architecture

10 Downing Street – Architects: William Kent, Quinlan Terry, Raymond Erith, Kenton Couse – Georgian Architecture

Big Ben – Architects: Augustus Pugin, Charles Barry – Gothic Revival architecture

Palace of Westminster (otherwise known as the Houses of Parliament) – Architects: Charles Barry, Augustus Pugin, Donald Insall – Gothic Revival architecture


Enter our Social Media Competition 

Whilst venturing around the London Heritage Quarter tag us in your Nature Trail pictures for a chance to see Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre courtesy of Wicked London. To ensure your entry in valid, follow @TheNorthbankBID and @VictoriaBID on Instagram and use the following hashtag for each prize. T&C’s apply. The competition closes 6th August 2023. #KingOfNature