The Wildlife Trusts in the UK has challenged people to go wild throughout June this year. So for the month of June, I am blogging each day about a random act of wildness!
Travelling and wildlife go together. Landscapes, cityscapes and skyscapes all hold an abundance of wildlife to enjoy. We can often miss the little pockets of wildlife that are all around us, and we pass by every day. So I am enjoying this challenge as a way to stay more present to my surroundings and to notice what wildlife already forms part of my daily life.
Day 6 – The Allotment in Kensington Gardens
I have made a happy discovery. There is an allotment in Kensington Gardens. I have found a new edible space! And a great addition to my 30 Days Wild challenge. A gentle reminder that it can be the unexpected discoveries in life that bring simple pleasures.
I had a look around and took some photographs and then happily chatted to one of the volunteers, who help tend the garden, to learn more about this years produce. The allotment is south facing and as it is fenced in on all sides creates its own microclimate in which to grow fruit, herbs and vegetables.
There was plenty of fruit, ripe and ripening, on show suggesting that the allotment had missed the worst of the effects of the late frost in May. There were ripe raspberries, gooseberries (nearly mature), small apples, pears and damsons (which will be ready to harvest later in the summer).
The main growing beds are raised beds and contained, artichoke, beetroot, cabbage, courgette, lettuce, pea shoots and onions among others. The beans, tomatoes and corn are ready to be transplanted from the greenhouse into the ground.
There are plenty of information boards available to tell you more about water conservation, how to grow fruit and veg, the herb garden, companion planting, pollinator plants and the chickens.
It is well worth spending some time enjoying this edible space in the middle of Kensington Garden. The allotment is open every day from 9.30am-4pm. More details about the allotment and the events held there can be found here.