Members of the Ealing Association for the Blind described their visit to the three-acre site in West London as passing ‘from one enchantment to the next’ and thanked A Rocha UK for ‘an utterly joyous visit to this miraculous garden’.
‘Our group found the accessible information most helpful,’ said EBA Co-ordinator Karen Staartjes. ‘The audio description station was tested and installed by the pond, alongside an information board with braille.
‘We were given large print with braille description sheets and raised image plans of the sensory garden. Next to the sensory garden another board was inaugurated, and this one had more detailed braille information.’ Karen told us she felt included – ‘unlike any other green space I have visited’.
Martin Greaves of the Middlesex Association for the Blind wrote an article about these latest developments, headlined, ‘Walking in a Wolf Fields Wonderland’. He said the accessible features make visiting ‘a pleasure for people with a visual impairment’.
He reported on their own website about the audio description station alongside the pond, adjacent to which is an information board that includes braille text. Martin said the gardens are ‘fabulous’ and are ‘well worth visiting’.
Speaking during the visit, our Conservation Director Andy Lester said, ‘We’re so pleased to have Braille boards and an audio post in place. Making the site accessible to all is a critical part of our mission for Wolf Fields’.
The sensory garden was built with a central dome feature. Ealing Blind Association had contributed ideas about climber plant choices for the central dome – with vibrant smell a priority.
The Wolf Fields story is indeed one from wasteland to wonderland. At one time it was used as a brick works. The site had fallen into disrepair and become neglected, used only for rubbish dumping, drug taking and substance abuse. We acquired the site in 2012.