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Centre for Wildlife Gardening

An idyllic garden within a quiet residential street.

An idyllic garden within a quiet residential street, the centre has an award-winning visitor centre offering practical advice to city gardeners. It's the perfect place to both learn and relax, and our new nature trail is great for kids.

A favourite place to visit for local families, gardeners and wildlife watchers from further afield, the Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham has developed beyond all recognition over the last 25 years.

It was originally an old council depot, but it is now home to an award-winning visitors' centre demonstrating innovative environmental building techniques, which provides a base for school parties.

The centre also has a demonstration wildlife garden with a range of inspiring mini habitats, a wild flower nursery, and some very well-used community raised beds.

You can pick up some plants from our stall, not to mention a pot of Peckham honey from our very own hives – delicious.



Regular winner of annual Green Flag Award.

Gold Award for Southwark in Bloom 2009 and 2010. 


Habitats you'll see

Minibeast village, summer meadow, woodland copse, stag beetle sanctuary, wildlife pond and bog garden, flowery chalk bank.


Species you might spot

Various frogs, newts and grasshoppers; songbirds; stag beetle; red fox.

If you spot these or any other species, please submit your wildlife sightings to GiGL to help build a picture of London's nature!


Visit us

28 Marsden Road, London, SE15 4EE 020 7252 9186


Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday: 10:30 - 16:30

To see if there are any events coming up at this reserve, take a look at our event listings.


Get involved

To see if there are any opportunities to help out at this reserve, visit our volunteering page.


Site status

Site of Borough Importance


School visits

We have over 20 years’ experience teaching children outdoors, providing brilliant hands-on nature lessons in London directly linked with the National Curriculum. For more information on the sessions we provide at the Centre for Wildlife Gardening visit our outdoor education page.


Free Family Learning Days

Without family support, a child's formal education is an uphill struggle. There is evidence that family learning can overcome difficulties associated with a disadvantaged background for both parents and children.

The Trust is working with Southwark Adult Learning Service as a delivery partner for Family learning.

The sessions offered are often a second chance for parents, carers and grandparents, to return to learning, creating a host of fresh opportunities and to pursue learning together.

A programme of free taster sessions and short courses will be offered at Centre For Wildlife Gardening and Sydenham Hill Wood throughout the year. 


Nearby nature reserves

Bellenden Road Nature Garden
1 miles - London Wildlife Trust
New Cross Gate Cutting
2 miles - London Wildlife Trust
Sydenham Hill Wood and Cox's Walk
2 miles - London Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

28 Marsden Road
Greater London
SE15 4EE
Map reference
TQ 338 755
Great for...
a family day out
Best time to visit
Mar - Oct
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Opening Times
Open all week and at weekends 10.30am to 4.30pm. Closed to the public on Mondays and Fridays.
Visitor centre
Picnic facilities

Public footpaths around the reserve which are accessible for wheelchair and pushchairs.
Walking information
Wheelchair access
Street parking available.
Guide dogs only
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Sylvia Myers
Tel: 020 7252 9186