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 8 Spitalfields City Farm
Another type of wildlife space in London is the city farm, of which there are several. I went to visit Spitalfields City Farm, just off Brick Lane in the East of London.
The farm was started in 1978 and today includes animals, along with gardens, education facilities and a shop and cafe.
There is a garden that provides a range of habitats for amphibians, birds, insects and mammals. These include hedgerows, a pond, fruit trees, wildflowers and raised vegetable beds.
The vegetable beds are growing a wide variety of vegetables including; amaranth, broccoli, cucumber, onions, peas, potatoes and sweetcorn.
There is also a lot of fruit being grown. The fruit trees have been trained along fences so that they grow horizontally rather than vertically.
Spitalfields City Farm is located along Buxton Street, London, E1 5AR and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4.30pm. Check out the website to see when the volunteer gardening sessions are run.