St James’ Park: Plants, Pelicans and Processions  

Mark Wasilewski LVO – Manager of St James’s Park and The Green Park

 Monday 9 October

Reception 5:30pm / Live and Online 6:00pm-7:00pm

Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace, Sloane Square, SW1W 8JF 

An insight into the history, landscape and iconic events within the ceremonial setting of St James’s Park. 

The State Funeral procession for Her Majesty The Queen – Mark Wasilewski

St James’s Park is one of Europe’s busiest parks attracting some 17 million visitors per year. The Park is bordered by the Mall and Horse Guards Parade, both scenes of annual ceremonial events such as State Visits, State Opening of Parliament, and the monarch’s Birthday Parade. It regularly hosts a wide range of participation events such as the finish of the London Marathon and became the venue for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for several sporting events. Half a million people are estimated to have visited St James’s Park on the day of the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton in 2011, with similar numbers for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012 and the Platinum Jubilee weekend in 2022. More recently St James’s Park has been the focus of world attention during the Funeral Procession of Her Late Majesty The Queen, and for the Coronation of King Charles III.  The Park is known for its displays of spring bulbs, the floriferous borders and landscape styled by John Nash, and intricate summer bedding schemes. The lake is home to many species of waterfowl and has been a home to pelicans since 1664. 

Mark Wasilewski LVO, is Manager of St James’s Park and The Green Park. He is a Trustee of London in Bloom and judges for several organisations including the London Gardens Society and Guild of Horticultural Judges and is an RHS Accredited Floral Judge. He served on the RHS Britain in Bloom national judging panel between 2004 and 2016 and on the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee 2015-20. 

Appointed as a Member of The Royal Victorian Order in 2013 for his services to The Royal Parks during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Mark was recently promoted to Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order for his services to The Platinum Jubilee of Her Late Majesty The Queen.