Show Some Love for the Wolves Lane Centre

by The Wolves Lane Centre in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 26th March 2024 we successfully raised £9,536 with 89 supporters in 42 days

Help us finish our new eco-buildings, creating an open, accessible and flourishing green space for the whole community.

by The Wolves Lane Centre in London, England, United Kingdom

The Aviva Community Fund will double all pledges up to £250 through their support for local communities to take action for nature. Please help us reach our target.

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Who we are

The Wolves Lane Centre, nestled in the heart of Haringey, has been a food growing site since Tudor times. It has evolved from tenant farming land, war time allotments, to council glasshouses. Officially established in May 2019, OrganicLea and the Ubele Initiative formed a coalition with a shared vision to transform the Wolves Lane Centre into a center for urban food production, creating a welcoming space for Black and racially minoritised growers and to preserve the historic glasshouse structures built in the 1970s. Today the Wolves Lane Centre is a horticultural centre and community food growing hub with a mission to make good food accessible to all.  

Alongside our Wolves Lane Centre growers, our site is home to Black Rootz, the first multigenerational black-led growing project in the UK. Black Rootz enables the older generation to share their expertise on growing whilst also supporting youth engagement in their surrounding natural environment.

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We have two thriving growing sites - one at Pasteur Gardens and another at Wolves Lane. Our Wolves Lane site boasts a flourishing Cactus House and Palm House, complete with a koi pond and our resident terrapin turtles, alongside food growing glasshouses. We endeavour to keep our doors open to as many visitors as possible through free open days on Fridays and Sundays, volunteering days throughout the week, school educational visits, horticultural courses, community markets and so much more.

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We are extremely grateful to our community volunteers who have kept the Centre going over recent years while the old glasshouses have needed a lot of love and attention. They have nurtured the historic Palm House and Cactus House, kept the new crops growing and harvested, alongside managing our community cafe. 

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Our redevelopment 

Now, the Wolves Lane Centre is undergoing a major transformation! And we need your help to complete the work and ensure we can offer an open, accessible and flourishing green space for the whole community.

Joining forces with a broad team of architects, ecologists, brave builders, community learners and doers, we're improving the Centre into a thriving, resilient space. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, the Mayor’s Good Growth Fund, Haringey council and the Clothworkers’ Foundation, we're introducing a pioneering new eco-build equipped with ecologically-informed soft landscaping, woodlands, sustainable drainage, and rainwater harvesting.

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This redevelopment is not just about vital new infrastructure; it's about focusing on local needs, enhancing biodiversity, and promoting cultural diversity in construction. As we embrace a greener, open and more community-focused approach, the Wolves Lane Centre will become a hub for education, a space for growth, a gathering spot, and a communal green haven. We're not just transforming a site – we're creating a model for urban climate-informed change.

We’re calling on our community to help us complete this momentous project. The final stage of this redevelopment funded by this crowdfund will ensure the site is rewilded, inspiring and accessible to our incredible Wolves Lane Centre community.

What we aim to achieve with your sponsorship

  • Install accessible surfacing in the ground landscaping for those with strollers and using wheelchairs and walking sticks;
  • Fitting out a classroom space for the community with recycled and reclaimed furniture;
  • Carbon neutral fittings throughout the community spaces, all plastic-free natural materials;
  • Soft landscaping for our reed beds and rain gardens as part of the rainwater harvesting system and to create a wild teaching space. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

20 of 500 claimed

Hand Prints in the Community Hall

Be a part of the Wolves Lane Centre history by adding your hand print to our walls. When the final plastering is underway in the community hall you can come along and get your hand print in the plaster alongside your initials. These will all make a magnificent display depicting all our wonderful community members and sponsors.

£5 or more

6 of 500 claimed

Gift a Herb Plant

Help us begin to plant up our market garden with herbs to be harvested throughout the year, attract local wildlife and make the whole site smell amazing.

£6 or more

3 of 1000 claimed

Gift a Sack of Compost

Help us start the planting process to create a lush green and wildlife full area around the new buildings by donating enough to buy a sack of compost.

£12 or more

1 of 500 claimed

Gift a Plank

Help us build our new outside wheel-chair accessible decking by contributing a plank.

£40 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Plant a Hedging Tree

Help us to rewild the land around the new buildings by donating to plant a hedging tree. This will provide a habitat for local wildlife and feed the butterflies.

£75 or more

2 of 15 claimed

Fresh Produce Basket

Receive a local produce basket stuffed with seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables all grown on site at the Wolves Lane Centre. Nothing will taste better! Delivered locally within the borough of Haringey or collected from the Wolves Lane Centre.

£150 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Plant an Orchard Fruit Tree

Help us plant a long-living orchard by donating enough to plant a fruit tree. These will provide an abundant harvest for generations to come.

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