What better way to celebrate the first official day of Spring than an afternoon at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham.
Assorted blossoms were out and crocuses and daisies were springing gaily from the host of ‘mini’ habitats and environments worth an explore. There’s a mini meadow with bird hide to peek through, a pond to prod, willow fencing to poke, sculptures and tactile mosaics to admire, and most importantly a stagbeetle sanctuary to study and try to replicate when back at home.
We’d been invited to the birthday party of Little A’s cousin’s, hosted in the fantastic visitor centre. This was a lovely, bright and airy eco-build which was well resourced with some really brilliant pamphlets on wildlife and gardening techniques, the latter I found useful as I am just about to start digging on my new allotment and contemplating a green roof for a shed that will come next year! They have a special events for the over 50s and for children that you can read about here
Fact of the Day
Incredibly sad to read that the UK has lost a devastating 64% of its sparrows over the last 25 years; there were useful suggestions on how to encourage the populations once more, one being putting a number of bird boxes together as sparrows are social chappies.
Plants are for sale outside in the mixed raised beds for £1.50 as well as honey produced in those wonderful purple hives for £6.
Join My Wild Life
The centre is part of The Wildlife Trusts charity who have launched a campaign today led by Sir David Attenborough
“People turn to nature in moments of joy and in moments of sadness. We are part of the natural world: we depend on it for the air we breathe and the food we eat. The Wildlife Trusts are helping people to understand their role in the natural world and their dependency on it. This is essential if we are going to speed nature’s recovery.”
As well as encouraging people across the UK to make nature part of their everyday lives, The Wildlife Trusts are calling for a Nature and Wellbeing Act in England to put nature at the heart of political decisions about how our country is run. The Wildlife Trusts and the RSPB, supported by a partnership of 20 organisations, argue that a healthy environment is essential to health, housing, development, education, economic growth and flood resilience.
If you have a story about nature you can share join the #mywildlife today campaign
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 10:30 – 16:30
Address: 28 Marsden Road, London, SE15 4EE 020 7252 9186