Police horses Livingstone and Finsbury, along with riders PC Bob Thour and PC Caron Shaw from the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch, made an official visit to the Horniman Museum and Gardens on Sunday 7 June to
check on the progress of the pop-up garden they have helped to create.
Their ‘donation’ – seven tonnes of Metropolitan Police horse manure – has been used to fertilise the soil for the Planting for Pollinators garden at the Horniman. Sown with seed in April, the garden features plant species which attract bees, butterflies and other pollinating creatures – including Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) – which will create a spectacular display later this summer, overlooking the London skyline.
Inspector Katherine O’Brien of the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch, says: ‘Police horses might seem unlikely gardeners but we’re very pleased to see their manure being put to such good use. We wish the Horniman every success with the pop-up garden and can’t wait to see it in full bloom.’
The donation of Livingstone and Percival’s ‘Plantastic poo’ supports the aims of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Environmental Policy and helps to meet their ambitious waste management target to divert at least 80% of waste from landfill. The donation was made possible by Veolia, who hold the contract to dispose of the Mounted Branch’s manure.
Wes Shaw, Head of Horticulture at the Horniman, says: ‘As well as sunlight and water, plants need nutrition from the soil to grow to their best – and horse manure is an excellent way to provide great food for plants. Thanks to Livingstone, Percival and their stablemates, the garden has had the best possible start, and we’re looking forward to seeing the Planting for Pollinators display in its full glory in the weeks to come.’