We plan to transform space in a neglected and overgrown corner of Wyck Gardens, Lambeth, creating an extension of our existing Forest Garden. We have identified this specific corner of the park as being neglected, overgrown and used for anti-social behaviour like littering, drinking and urinating. We have heard from local residents how for many years this has been a dark and undesirable area of Wyck Gardens. The main reason being its closed off nature. By opening it up and letting in more light and access we hope to address these longstanding issues.
We will sensitively clear the space of rubbish and add bird boxes, bug hotels, signage, composting bays and define and lay mulch pathways. We will plant apple trees and other plants and shrubs to attract birds, and increase shade, and use water retaining mulch to build resilience against climate change. We will reach out to engage the community, particularly the younger generations, in four seasonally focussed participatory workshops. As people get involved and see the changes they can make in their community spaces we believe they will be encouraged to take more responsibility and ownership to protect the space for the future.
This is an extension of our work at Loughborough Farm a community food growing project. The Farm Co-ordinator is a horticulturalist and gardener highly experienced in volunteer management and development. This project is led by one of our volunteers who has a Level 3 Certificate in Community Orcharding. We are working with Friends of Wyck Gardens and have support of local MP Helen Hayes and Lambeth Parks department. The Farm planted the initial fruit trees in 2013, then more were added with support from social enterprise Urban Growth. The Farm have continued to be involved in the care, maintenance and planting. Each year we run an Apple Day, with over 50 local people in attendance.