When you arrive at Petersham Nurseries 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, alongside an accompanying Afternoon Tea that helped raise £60,000 for a worthy cause. 

Petersham Nurseries supports The Elephant Family Charity – CoExistence Campaign, started by the late Mark Shand

Our long-standing relationship with Elephant Family Charity dates back to 2006, when our founders Gael and Francesco Boglione hosted a party in the garden of Petersham House attended by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.

Dedicated to building landscapes that allow humans and wildlife to live in peaceful coexistence, the Elephant Family have provided an impressive life-size tusker to Petersham Nurseries..

The Elephant Family Charity is dedicated to building landscapes that allow humans and wildlife to live in peaceful CoExistence. 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 overpopulated 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 from dried Lantana camara, an invasive species of weed which chokes their forest habitat.

Donations to The Elephant Family

If you would like to contribute to the cause, donations can be made here. Funds raised from donations and sculpture sales will go towards securing wildlife corridors which enable safe movement for animals and people, expanding national parks and protecting vital tribal knowledge and livelihoods.