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.
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 Wolves Lane Consortium was officially established in May 2019.
The Wolves Lane Consortium
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.
The Ubele Initiative is an African Diaspora led intergenerational social enterprise founded in 2014, with the purpose of helping to build more sustainable communities across the UK. They support a wide range of communities, community-based organisations and groups with their community assets through social action, community enterprise development and next-generation leadership initiatives.
Wolves Lane Centre is also a home for a number of groups, projects and activities, which include:
Wolves Lane Flower Company are part of a new wave of farmer/florists committed to offering ethical, beautiful flowers while spreading the word about seasonality. They grow beautiful seasonal flowers for weddings, events and local delivery, with the environment at the forefront of their minds, using no-dig organic techniques.
Ottolenghi staff grows produce that provides part of their monthly veggie supply.
Black Rootz is the first multigenerational black-led growing project in the UK, where the older generation share their expertise on growing whilst also supporting youth engagement in their surrounding natural environment.
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.
Shared Assets, a ‘think and do tank’ which is researching and promoting good models of public land management.
Friends of Wolves Lane is a group of volunteers and local residents. All welcome.
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.
LION, a Black-led, grassroots collective committed to reparative justice in Britain by securing land for BPOC (Black people and People of Colour) communities.