The Wolves Lane Horticultural Centre is a unique community resource on Wolves Lane in Wood Green, N22 5JD. The former 3 acre plant nursery has commercial glasshouses, a rare palm house with tropical plants, cactus garden, rainforest area, professional standard kitchen, classroom space, barn and woodland area. The buildings and glasshouses are in need of refurbishment which the consortium has committed to in development stages as well as investment in sustainable energy systems to heat the palm house.
The gates at Wolves Lane Horticulture Centre are open every Sunday 10-4pm for the sale of plants and food produce from the site users.
Conversations all about food and community space
A collaboration of community organisations, including The Ubele Initiative, decided to run an innovative series of group Conversations, as well as an afternoon festive market exploring food and community space based at Wolves Lane Horticultural Centre, Haringey.
Collaborating organisations included:
Crop Drop, Friends of Wolves Lane, Go Grow!, Haringey Migrant Support Centre, Living Under One Sun, London Grown Workers Co-op, Organiclea, The Selby Trust, Wolves Lane Flower Co., Wolves Lane Good Food Skills, The Ubele Initiative.
wolves lane community food hub and market
As a result of those conversations where we have been sharing ideas and building relationships to develop a community food hub at the centre. We have secured £20,000 grant plus support (Bright Ideas Fund) to develop a regular community market and to formalise a consortium structure.
Together with the collaborating organisations we want to progress two key areas of development which will enable us to go beyond mainly operating separately as individual businesses, and maximise the benefit of working at the site together and engaging with the community it serves.
Sara Buchanan, Joint Head of Open Programmes at Power to Change and lead on the Bright Ideas fund, said:
“We are really pleased to support the Ubele Initiative in the development of the Wolves Lane Community Hub and Market. The project has the potential to provide opportunities in food growing, healthy eating and community enterprise in the local area, and we look forward to seeing it progress. No-one understands a community better than the people who live there. This is why, through Bright Ideas we are providing a mix of support and small grants to local people to develop community business ideas that will transform their local areas.”
At the end of 2018 we run Wolves Lane Fundraising campaign to get solar panels to heat the Wolves Lane Palm House and the café, an educational and community meeting space. We have reached our target thanks to 189 backers and raised £16,633.
Wolves Lane Centre team is so grateful for all the generous pledges. And, since we raised a bit more, the overfunding will cover urgent repairs to our buildings.