Croydon's Wilderness Gardens

Reclaiming the Wilderness: The Lost Treasure of South East London project.

The Wilderness Garden at Hall Grange Care Home, Church Road Shirley, Croydon is an important site for wildlife and ecology and is designated as a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. The garden is currently unused and largely unknown but has an interesting and important history. From 1894 Rev William Wilks, famed Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society and creator of the renowned Shirley Poppy, developed the plot into an informal wilderness garden, which became a showpiece, with plants from all over the world.

MHA, a charity which provides a range of care services for older people around the UK, owns the site and has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the 'Reclaiming the Wilderness: The Lost Treasures of South East London' project. The project will help people to find out about the garden and wider history of the ecology movement. There will also be opportunities to get involved through volunteering and learning new skills. Key elements of the project will be to interpret the history of Hall Grange and the Wilderness Garden and to make the Wilderness Garden accessible to the local community on special event days.

Currently consulting with local people and organisations to help develop the project and are keen to develop partnerships with local organisations and want to understand how the project can benefit the people and communities which you work with. With this in mind, they would very much welcome your feedback through an online survey. 
The survey should not take more than ten minutes to complete.