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, complementing their field-scale growing at Pasteur Gardens with glasshouse use at Wolves Lane
- Crop Drop, Haringey-based veg box scheme, are using the site to expand their distribution and provide 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
- Shared Assets, a ‘think and do tank’ which is researching and promoting good models of public land management
- Dee Woods, BBC Cook of the Year in 2016, who runs healthy eating programmes and is a volunteer chef at the Granville Community Kitchen
As well as the members of the consortium, the centre is hosting an expanding number of groups, projects and activities, including:
- Wolves Lane Flower Company grow beautiful, seasonal flowers in for weddings, events and local delivery.
- 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 parties with pirates and fairies.
Want to get involved in gardening and natural food growing? We run volunteer gardening sessions, and facilitate regular events, training and open days.
If you are interested, want to know more or would like to join in, please get in touch.
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