Centre for Wildlife Gardening
Due to lockdown restrictions introduced on 5th November, The Centre for Wildlife Gardening is currently closed with the exception of volunteering and events. For future updates, please check back on this web page.
Know before you go
The entrance is on Marsden Road, through large wrought iron gates. East Dulwich Railway Station is a five-minute walk away, Peckham Rye Railway Station is a 15-minute walk away. Buses 40, 176, 185, 484 and P13 stop nearby.
There are paved pathways around the garden and a ramp to the visitor centre, which has accessible toilets. The site is flat with gentle slopes and occasional small steps. Seating is found throughout. Free street parking is available near the entrance.
When to visit
Opening timesThe Centre for Wildlife Gardening is currently closed.
Best time to visitMarch to October
About the reserve
Centre for Wildlife Gardening in Peckham, south London, is the perfect place to learn and relax in a welcoming outdoor environment. It is a favourite spot for local families, school children, gardeners and wildlife watchers; having grown beyond recognition since the Trust created it in the late 1980s from an old council depot. The centre’s demonstration wildlife garden has a range of mini-habitats including four ponds, chalk bank, wildflower meadow, woodland copse, herb garden, stag beetle sanctuaries, insect hotels, and raised beds demonstrating permaculture. The site has been a Green Flag Community Award winner for several years.
History of Centre for Wildlife Gardening
This small patch of land in Marsden Road that is now a pretty green wildlife haven was until the 1980s a depot for Southwark Council's road vehicles. The brownfield site, surrounded by Victorian terrace housing, had lain derelict for a number of years and was covered in rubble when London Wildlife Trust persuaded the council in 1989 to lease it to the Trust for use as a community tree nursery to supply stock for nature reserves. However, project leaders Jill Goddard and Dawn Eckhart developed the site into much more than that. It became an educational and communal resource, and with the addition of its stunning visitor centre in 1991, became a popular green oasis - remaining so today.
Status of Centre for Wildlife Gardening
Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation
Family learning at Centre for Wildlife Gardening
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 now 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. Free taster sessions and short courses are offered throughout the year.
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Volunteering activities at the Centre have resumed, but may be subject to change.
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