26 August 2011
How can you help the community gardens on your doorstep that need a helping hand to grow and develop into well-loved and well-used gardens? We know that by giving children and young people their first contact with natural habitats at an early age we can open their eyes to exciting and diverse urban landscapes and encourage the very beginnings of a lifelong interest in wildlife. The beauty of community wildlife gardening is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a gardening guru or an ad-hoc gardener without a massive amount of time on your hands; there’s always something you can do to make a community garden a wildlife haven for all ages to enjoy and visit, and a new community garden in East London is doing just that!
The Wild Place, Your Space community wildlife garden in Leyton, East London launches on August 27th and is focusing on developing education programmes targeted at communities living without access to open space and wildlife. The garden is seeking to engage diverse and hard to engage groups and children and young people who have little or no access to outdoor space, community gardens or natural habitats. The education programmes run through the Wild Place, Your Space garden will enable local children to find out more about the birds and wildlife that live around them and help launch this project into a soon-to-be loved community garden based right in the heart of East London, just a stone’s throw away from Olympic park.
The wildlife garden has been designed and developed to bring people closer to nature and show families what they can do at home to support and protect the wildlife where they live. The event is being organised by Wild Place, Your Space project, a 3-year partnership between the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and the RSPB which is bringing over 30,000 people closer to nature.
To help launch the garden and bring more interest to the project, a truly community-focused launch event will happen on Saturday 27th August from 10am. There will be a host of fantastic activities free, for all the family to enjoy, free music and entertainment, face painting, seed sowing sessions, wildlife trails, bee keeping and medicinal herbalists to encourage interest in the natural environment and bring people closer to nature.
Support East London’s latest community garden at WaterWorks Nature Reserve, Lammas Road, off Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, E10 7NU.
Posted by Vicky Kington, Lee Valley Regional Park
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