It has been a hundred years since the numerical postcode system was introduced for the first time, when previous postal districts such as N, E, SW, SE, W and so on were sub-divided by adding numbers. The practise of using numbers was quietly introduced during the First World War to help female postal workers, who had taken over the sorting work from men who had gone to war.
This anniversary is being celebrated by the managers of the capital’s Royal Parks, who have been awarded £600,000 by the People’s Postcode Lottery to focus on the insect population (“London’s hidden workforce”) to be found in different London areas. Thanks to the award, the parks will run a number of citizen science projects designed to provide a invaluable insight into how grasslands and meadows can be managed to improve their biodiversity. You can learn more about the project here.
Thanks to London’s ever-expanding human workforce, new postcodes are still being introduced. The capital’s newest postcodes are “E20”, which was created in 2011 for the new Olympic Park in Stratford and “N1C”, devised in 2012 to cover a huge new development in Kings Cross. If you are looking for a property to rent in London in a postcode area close to one of the Royal Parks, get in touch with us at Dexters.
Thousands of grassland creatures will be under the spotlight in a project stretching across seven postal districts, from SE10 at Greenwich Park in the east to TW12 at Bushy Park in the west. The aim of Mission: Invertebrate is to inspire people with the amazing story of nature’s unsung workforce and to get a better understanding of invertebrates living in the 5,000 acres of London’s eight Royal Parks where 4,100 species have been recorded so far.