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.