When you arrive at Petersham Nurseries Richmond and Covent Garden you will be greeted by magnificent life-sized elephant sculptures made from dried plant fibres, a symbol of our long-standing relationship with the Elephant Family charity and in aid of their new campaign. Dedicated to building landscapes that allow humans and wildlife to live in peaceful CoExistence. We ask that you join us our in support for this important cause.
The charity’s new environmental art campaign, CoExistence, offers a creative solution to one of this century’s greatest issues – lack of space. Its focus is for people and wildlife to live closer together than ever before and to ensure that both thrive. It tells the story of our over-populated planet, the effect of human encroachment on wild spaces and the inspiring ways we can coexist with all other living beings to benefit all of us.
Over the past five years, a collective of artists in the jungles of Tamil Nadu, Southern India, have recreated the real-life elephants they live alongside in dried Lantana camara, an invasive species of weed which chokes their forest habitat. These magical creatures will raise awareness and money that will go towards securing further wildlife corridors, ensuring safe movement for animals and people, expansion and maintenance of national parks and the protection of vital tribal knowledge and livelihoods.
In addition to this, from Wednesday the 19th May, The Petersham, Covent Garden will be serving an Elephant Family inspired afternoon tea to raise funds for this vital cause. The afternoon tea combines Petersham Nurseries classics with Indian–inspired sweets, presented on a beautiful, themed, hand-blown glass centrepiece and will be served every Wednesday – Sunday from 3pm – 5pm at The Petersham.
Spring pea and potato samosa
Kedgeree scotch quail egg
Coronation chicken flatbread
Portland crab pani puri
Plain and fruit scones clotted cream and Petersham jam
Earl Grey tea cake
Banana and tumeric macaron
Mango layered slice coconut eclair
£55 per person
Including a hibiscus bellini or non-alcoholic hibiscus cocktail