St James’s Park – Plants, Pelicans and Pageants  

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

 Monday 12th September 2022 – LIVE and online

Royal Ceremony St James’ Park, The Royal Parks

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

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 Queen’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 including hosting Beach Volleyball on Horse Guards Parade.  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, that number surpassed for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in 2012 and the Platinum Jubilee weekend in 2022.  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 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 also 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.

Mark was made a Member of The Royal Victorian Order in 2013 for his services to The Royal Parks.