Raiders who robbed Wolf Fields of essential equipment have not only failed to halt its development into an urban nature reserve, but have also succeeded in promoting community art on the three-acre West London site.
Security has been stepped up there in the form of a massive shipping container – to the cost of £1,600. This kind of storage is normally used to transport heavy machinery and household goods on the high seas.
Now such a super-strong structure has been installed at Wolf Fields. But locals have welcomed it with open arms – and with paintbrushes. Volunteers are ready to trigger their own art attack, adding their own creative expression to the site (pictured).
More than 20 people from the local community are involved in designing and painting the huge box. ‘While the shipping container was needed,’ said Community Manager Kailean Khongsai, ‘they’re not the prettiest things to have on a nature reserve.
‘So local volunteers decided to create a nature-based mural over the entire surface of the container – that reflects local feelings about wildlife and the community in which they live.’
A Rocha UK’s Wolf Fields team will store equipment there such as protective clothing, boots, gloves, garden tools and first aid box.
‘The weather was very wet last week,’ said Kailean, ‘so we weren’t able to finish the first undercoating. Weather permitting, hopefully we’ll be able to finish the undercoat soon, then we’ll think about the actual design.’
Nearly 200 people recently descended on this former drug den to celebrate its dramatic transformation into a community garden and nature reserve. Described as a ‘milestone’ by A Rocha UK chief Andy Atkins, Wolf Fields drew community workers, volunteers, residents and representatives of eight churches from across Southall to a springtime open-air worship service.