It’s more than ‘harvest’ for A Rocha UK’s urban nature reserve Wolf Fields. It’s ‘boom time’ – as the project wins support from not just the community, but also a peer of the realm, schools, scouts and an award-winning garden centre.
Surrey-based Crocus Nursery – who’ve scooped more than 20 gold medals at the Chelsea Flower Show over the years – are supplying materials for the sensory garden at the three-acre site in West London.
Scouts in nearby Uxbridge are raising funds for the project. Labour peer Lord Tony Young of Norwood Green attended a recent harvest celebration to boost the work. And local schools are supporting the scheme, too.
Environmental Education Officer David Melville said of the entire project, ‘Wolf Fields has drawn a number of benefactors – from schools, an Eden Project landscaper, Uxbridge Scouts and flower show winners Crocus’.
Wolf Fields, Clifton and Three Bridges primary schools – along with Norwood Green Infants and Nursery School – have all been involved in a competition to design the sensory garden. Crocus have grown plants for show gardens for many years. They also provide plants for most of the leading garden designers in the country – including Luciano Giubbilei, Tom Stuart Smith, Jinny Blom and Kim Wilkie.
More than 50 people descended on Wolf Fields for last month’s harvest event – for potato digging, apple juice making and displaying allotment produce like potatoes and pumpkins. ‘Everyone enjoyed Wolf Fields’ pumpkin soup,’ said Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai (pictured), ‘and our produce was distributed among those who came to the event.’
Until recently, Wolf Fields was used by others for rubbish dumping, drug-related activities and alcohol abuse. With the help of volunteers, A Rocha UK is transforming it into a wildlife area with seven zones – wild flower meadow, allotments, orchard, sensory garden, bees, bird feeding/nesting and pond. If you’re inspired by what you’ve just read, why not support ongoing work at Wolf Fields? Visit here for more information. (Photos of harvest participants and Wolf Fields food table, by JJ)