In London, we all too often walk past our neighbour’s door without having a chance to say hello or even knowing who lives behind it. People with disabilities and long term health issues in particular can be left isolated and unable to do things that are often taken for granted. All of us need a place where we can go to experience and enjoy nature.
Our small secret garden is a peaceful space in the middle of a very busy area of the capital and is a resource for the whole community to enjoy. We provide an urban haven for a range of observable flora and fauna, and use organic principles in maintaining the site and to encourage wildlife and biodiversity.
The garden is approximately 0.7 acres, and has been carefully designed to create a diverse green space with interlinking areas:
- woodland with working beehives
- a small pond
- a herb and sensory area
- herbaceous borders
- a wildflower meadow
- our beautiful ‘Wish You Well Garden’ with a raised staging area for community events.
All this is maintained by service users, learners and volunteers and is fully accessible for those with mobility problems.
Our community of expert horticulturalists and volunteers offer a diversity of projects including accredited horticultural training and food growing training together with social and therapeutic well-being sessions. We make good use of our fully accessible classroom, a large greenhouse and a polytunnel.
We all care deeply about St. Mary’s Secret Garden and the plants and people who make it so welcoming.
We are delighted that St Mary’s Secret Garden has been awarded a ‘Green Flag Community Award’ for 2015/16.