Thursday, 25 June 2009

A hidden London wildlife garden

Yesterday, I discovered one of London's hidden treasures - a beautiful wildlife garden. The Centre for Wildlife Gardening is tucked away behind a residential road in Dulwich, SE15, and isn't easy to find unless you know exactly where you are going.

Perhaps that was why, when I visited it yesterday, I had the place almost entirely to myself. It was lovely to wander around its winding paths, watching butterflies flitting over flowers, then sit beside a pond watching dragonflies resting on lilly pads on a pond dappled in summer sunshine.

Yet this secret garden, I discovered, has been going for nearly two decades. In fact, it is celebrating its 20th birthday this Sunday. On June 28, from noon until 4pm, you can drop in to enjoy strawberries and cream and take a look at an exhibition on how the garden has grown over the years.

Run by volunteers, it offers a peaceful haven to have a picnic, go for a stroll, learn about conservation or buy plants to support the project as well as embellish your own garden.

The Centre for Wildlife Gardening is at 28 Marsden Rd, London SE15 4EE. It is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm from Tuesday to Thursday and on Sunday each week. For more details, visit or call 020 7252 9186.


Anonymous said...

Fantastic article and pictures. Oh Merry Meet. So glad to find your blog. I will definitely be keeping up with the blog.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a lovely place. We have something similar here, an environmental center right in the heart of a busy commercial district. There are trails and plenty of programs, but it doesn't get much publicity outside of your school-field-trip audiences. But it's a great place for a picnic or to spend a quiet afternoon. They're planning a "solar garden" with sculpture and a large sun dial, and I've made my donation!

Badwitch said...

Bella - thanks for the lovely comment!

Riverwolf - that solar garden sounds great!

The Greenwich Phantom said...

This looks wonderful. I must get along some time...