Completing the Challenge - Woodberry Wildlife Garden

In two recent trips to Woodberry Wildlife Garden, in Winter 2015, volunteers from Edible Landscapes London have helped create a new planting scheme. The site was sheet mulched with cardboard and woodchips by teenagers from the Challenge and students from Woodberry Wild Talent.

On descending the steps from the Woodberry Estate into the green oasis of the nature reserve, you will see that our recent project is nearing conclusion.

An Apple sapling, will in time (3 years) cast dappled shade across the entrance to the Fruit Walk. Here, the path meanders around a centrally planted nitrogen fixer; Autumn Olive, which will grow into a substantial shrub of pale green leaves, white blossoms and red (cooking) fruits. The Autumn Olive will also offer protection from the prevailing wind to the late fruiting arching stems of Raspberries and ground cover Strawberries surrounding it. Nearby you will find Lemon Balm, a vigorous, highly scented perennial which makes a relaxing tea and helps to detract insects from the fruit.

Running along the fence are Hawthorn, Guelder Rose and Blackthorn - popular with birds and pollinators.  These lovely  native plants provide edible fruit and structure for the clambering Tayberry, which yields an abundance of sweetly, acidic, purple/red fruits.

Beneath the boughs of the Horse Chestnut are Wood Violets a salad leaf for winter. The lemony leaves of Sorrel and Alpine Strawberries vie for position amongst Groundcover Ivy. The Fruit walk then swings back past the Autumn Olive and Strawberries to exit.

Words: Alison
Pictures: Sabah and Jenny