Our community garden won top prize in the Haringey In Bloom competition 2016, 2015 and two top prizes for Best Community Garden and Best (overall group) in Attracting Wildlife & Biodiversity in 2014. Behind Queen’s Wood Cafe is a community garden surrounded by trees but in spite of this it has a tranquil quality with flowers, fruit and vegetables growing side by side and bees from the hives gathering pollen.
The garden was started in 1998 when the derelict lodge building (now the cafe) was reclaimed and restored. It was the original garden for the lodge keeper and so the soil had been well nurtured in the past, but had become overgrown with trees and shrubs. Now it is a thriving example of what can be achieved in a small space with apple and quince trees, Rhubarb and fruit bushes interspersed with vegetable plots. Among these grow forget-me-nots and a variety of companion planting flowers to attract pollinators and pest predators. Around the edge the ivy, bluebells, teasels, wood avens, and herb robert create a woodland edge effect.
The garden is maintained by volunteers on Mondays and Thursdays, from 10am to 1pm. We have plants for sale during cafe opening times. The garden has also held workshops on food growing and compost making for schools and other groups in the local area. We also offer Corporate Team Building days in the garden.
For more details contact the Urban Food Grower