Throughout my time with London Wildlife Trust, as initially full time staff member and lately as a freelancer, I have supervised the management of their award winning Centre for Wildlife Gardening, which is a delightful demonstration wildlife garden in East Dulwich. The garden is about a half acre in size and has a series of typical garden habitats such as meadow, living roofs, ponds, planted beds, compost, food growing and herbs, which are managed for optimal biodiversity, sustainable practice and community enjoyment and education. The gardens represent a more traditional view of wildlife gardening and design as a very naturalistic process with measured intervention. I have worked on and learnt from the gardens for 4 years now and feel privileged to contribute to their ongoing value to wildlife and community.
Initially I managed the gardens with volunteers from a range of backgrounds. Lately the garden maintenance has been mostly through my work with the trainees on the weekly Centre for Wildlife Gardening Garden Management and Landscape Scheme that I set up and now manage. It is a scheme that aims to show the participants issues about public and private garden maintenance within a wildlife friendly and sustainable context as well as broader urban biodiversity landscape issues. We do this through class room based teaching, on site practical work, site visits and visiting speakers. Please click here or on the Teaching section on the main tab bar above for more information about this scheme.
The Centre is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays between 10.30 and 4.30 as well as available for functions, courses and environmental educational site visits and projects. It is also open for the National Open Gardens Scheme and the Open Gardens Square Weekend.