The Rolls-Royce Wildlife Garden
Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of Rolls-Royce
A Children’s Competition
We are privileged through Andrew (Bobby’s son) to have an insight into what happens at Rolls-Royce Motor cars beyond building ‘The Best Car in the World’.
And now, we are excited about his latest project. Bringing Nature to Life at the Home of Rolls-Royce. A competition for children from 5-11 to submit designs to ‘rewild’ a Wildlife Garden at the home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood. To enter the competition here are the details:
Here’s Torsten. The boss:
“We established our wildlife garden when the home of Rolls-Royce was first created in 2003, as a dedicated area within our 42 acre site that would be deliberately left in its natural state. Over the intervening years, we have seen changes in approaches to conservation, notable the emphasis on ‘rewilding’ and we wanted to enhance our own project in line with these developments. We also felt it was important to respond to people’s renewed engagement with and concern for the local environment, prompted by the pandemic by enhancing the Wildlife Garden’s features and habitats.
We believe it is absolutely appropriate to involve children in this endeavour. Preserving wildlife and habitat really matters to them because it is their future at stake. As our recent international competition to design the Rolls-Royce of the future vividly demonstrated, children see the world with exceptional clarity, imagination and openness; they bring forward ideas that we, as adults, too easily overlook, dismiss or never even consider. I am intrigued to see what they come up with!”
Torsten Müller-Ötvës, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce is asking children aged from 5-11 to suggest features that would enhance the Wildlife Garden and its habitat value to local flora and fauna. As well as ideas to nurture wildlife, such as pollinator-friendly plants, trees and flowers, bird feeders, bug hotels and nest boxes, children can design seats, shelters, sculpture and other items that would make the Garden more appealing to Goodwood’s human population too.
The winner will be chauffeur driven to the Home of Rolls-Royce, then perform an official opening ceremony for the rejuvenated garden, before viewing their winning feature in its new setting. The winner and runner-up will also receive a unique 3D computer-generated image of the Wildlife Garden, with their feature in pride of place, created by the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team with the same software used for designing customer’s cars.
The Wildlife Garden occupies a small, secluded area of the Goodwood site to the south of The Drive, just inside the main gates. Established as part of the original landscaping when the plant was built in the early 2000s, it provides excellent habitat for a wide variety of plants, insects, birds and animals native to the south of England. It also offers valuable opportunities to observe and learn about nature for groups, including children from the neighbouring March CofE Primary School.
Other frequent visitors to The Wildlife Garden include the inhabitants of the Goodwood Apiary. A colony of 250,000 English Honey Bees, in six suitably palatial hives in a secluded location elsewhere on the site. The bees are responsible for producing ‘the Rolls-Royce of Honey‘, a rare and exquisite natural bounty reserved exclusively for the marque’s customer’s and VIP guests.
Rolls-Royce is working with two key partners on the project. The ancient City of Chichester, whose District Council said: “The Rolls-Royce Wildlife Garden sits within our proposed wildlife corridor, running east of the City. One of several connecting Chichester and Pagham Harbour with the South Downs National Park.
Wildlife corridors are incredibly important for protecting biodiversity, particularly pollinators, by linking areas of habitat that have been fragmented by human activity. The Wildlife Garden forms a vital link in this chain of habitat, and will benefit honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies, and bats among other species. We’re really proud to be supporting this project that will help to safeguard our district’s diverse wildlife – a key aim of our Strategic Wildlife Corridors Project and Local Plan Review.”
The South Downs National Park Trust commented: “We’ve worked with Rolls-Royce for a number of years, notably on its wonderful Goodwood Apiary project. We’re delighted to support this development of the Wildlife Garden, and a National Park Ranger will also be carrying out a formal wildlife survey.
Nicky Metcalfe, Headteacher at March CofE Primary School, added: “Rolls-Royce is our nearest neighbour – our school is just outside the gates to the Goodwood site – and we’ve always enjoyed a close working relationship with the company. Our children were involved in the original launch of the Wildlife Garden when it was first created, and it has proved an incredibly valuable resource for teaching and learning ever since. We’re very excited about this new phase in the Garden’s life and development and can’t wait to see the new features the competition produces.”
We at Mindfully Bertie would add that there will be other benefits from this new enlightened approach to the world we live in that have yet to be understood. Congratulations to Rolls-Royce. Let’s hope this is all part of an unstoppable drive to improve our world, rather than bemoan what we have lost. It is never too late to start.
For new readers to Mindfully Bertie (and old friends), here are some earlier Rolls-Royce stories. The Young Designer of the Year Competition was a great success.
We took you to see the Rolls-Royce of Honey.
And who could forget the day we took Mindfully Bertie and a group of friends to Goodwood for a very personal tour of the works.
Goodwood. The Home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Lighting a Candle for Diddley