Wolves Lane Centre was a council-run site that combined plant nursery operations and garden centre with community and schools education and volunteering. Haringey Council have been running the site since 2009, but Government cuts to their budgets led to a reduction in funding. As a result it was agreed that a third party would be best placed to utilise the site and maintain it as a community asset.
So we formed a coalition with a shared vision to transform Wolves Lane into a community food hub and to preserve the extensive rare urban glasshouse infrastructure.
The coalition consists of:
London Grown, a community food growers co-operative, complementing their field-scale growing at Pasteur Gardens with glasshouse use at Wolves Lane. They work with volunteers and school groups to increase social inclusion and engagement through food growing.
Crop Drop, Haringey-based veg box scheme, are supporting local sustainable food chains through providing a market for small-scale organic growers. They will be providing an outlet for produce grown on site.
OrganicLea offering support from experience of running a community enterprise in food growing and training at Hawkwood Nursery.
Ubele are creating innovative solutions for some of our most pressing social, economic and political concerns through social leadership development, community enterprise and social action, incubating projects across the UK.
Shared Assets, a ‘think and do tank’ which is researching and promoting good models of public land management.
Dee Woods is a community actionist, urban grower, edible educator and advocates for healthy food for all. Dee runs Granville Community Kitchen in South Kilburn and teaches good food skills, including cooking and eating well on a budget. She is a previous BBC Food and Farming Awards winner, and is currently on the steering group of A People’s Food Policy, a Visiting Researcher at CAWR, Coventry University and sits on the GLA London Food Board.
As well as the members of the consortium, the centre is hosting an expanding number of groups, projects and activities, which include:
- Wolves Lane Flower Company grow beautiful seasonal flowers for weddings, events and local delivery.
- Edible London UK grow delicious organic vegetables on site, supporting Haringey food networks by distributing homegrown and surplus food to the local community.
- Wolves Lane Workshop helping with upkeep of this marvellous community resource.
- Friends of Wolves Lane is a group of volunteers and local residents. All welcome.
- Puddles hold children’s parties, with pirates and fairies.
We’re open every Sunday!
Wolves Lane Centre has now opened its gates to the public community every Sunday between 12 – 4pm for your chance to purchase surplus organic food produce, plants from the site users and see the latest developments on site.
Please help us to sustain the upcoming winter months for our Palmhouse and Café, by donating to our crowdfunding page. We need your kind support to talk and share our campaign message, in order to secure the renewable heating supply to our valuable mini-eden in Haringey.
Monthly Community Market
After the three markets in 2017 and two markets this year we want to thank everyone who has engaged with the Wolves Lane community market and made it what it has been so far.
Feedback after the May 2018 market, which had over 200 people visit the site, showed how a regular market at Wolves lane can really be a welcoming and fun social space, and showcase different enterprises and community programmes.
We are currently developing funding bids to develop the community market model collaborating with stallholders and the different organisations in and around the Wolves Lane centre. This means that the September and October 2018 markets will be regrettably cancelled, and we apologise for any inconvenience.
Our Next Market
There will still be a festive market on December 9th this year and information about stall pitches will be publicised soon.
Calling all prospective stall holders! Please message us, using the contact form below.
On a weekly basis the centre is generally closed to the public until we secure funds to staff the site. In the mean time we have a team of volunteers helping to grow, fix, develop and run the site. We welcome anyone who would like to help out!
Food and horticulture volunteering opportunities at Wolves Lane provide you with the chance to spend time with nature, have fun, get active, share your knowledge and meet new people.
Free lunch is provided by CropDrop for all volunteers on Tuesday & Wednesday. We kindly ask that you bring metal or glass food containers for any surplus food that’s not gobbled up on the day!
TUESDAYS / 11am – 4pm
Palmhouse maintenance group
Are you green fingered and want to get more involved in horticulture? Join our Palmhouse restoration team every Tuesday to help care for the tropical plants.
Food Growing with London Grown
Work with the food growers and learn natural organic growing techniques – planting seeds, preparing beds, planting out, pruning and harvesting.
DIY and Bike Workshop
Are you great at fixing things? Help improve, repair and work on structural projects on the large 3 acre glasshouse site. We welcome all skill levels and value any expertise you can offer.
Please contact Roger on email@example.com or 07771 995696 for more information.
WEDNESDAYS / 11 – 4pm
Veg packing with Crop Drop
Help sort the deliveries of fresh produce from the farmers and pack the veg bags. No previous experience is necessary. It helps if you like vegetables, music from the 80s/90s and can lift 10kg bags of carrots. Take home some lovely organic fruit & veg at the end of the shift!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, if interested.
Community Garden with Friends from Wolves Lane
Welcome to anyone who enjoys gardening or who wants to learn more in their free time, please come down and join our team of community garden volunteers.
London People’s Feast on Saturday 27th October
Join us for seed swapping, poetry, performance & FOOD to celebrate London’s rich culinary heritage!
Bring seeds, food for sharing and stories for telling 🙂
Want to get involved in gardening, natural food growing or the fixers workshop?
If you are interested, want to know more or would like to join in, please get in touch.
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