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 http://www.wildlondon.org.uk/ or call 020 7252 9186.