Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Walworth Garden Farm & The Tower Of London

Today I visited Walworth Garden Farm in the London borough of Lambeth. The farm is a local Charity and Social Enterprise that has been in operation since 1987. They provide environmental education, training in horticulture, garden maintenance services, workshops and courses including beekeeping.

Next spring Froglife will be working with the farm to provide free 'Wildlife Workshops' for the local community.

They have a great wildlife area, the pond has a new dipping platform and is about to have a clear out and some new planting next year. Apparently, it is teeming with Smooth Newts, can't wait to deliver our workshop next spring and see the newts!

 The rest of the wildlife area looks good with log piles, a number of native plants and a place for me to sit!

Loved this butterfly seat

What an interesting tree, is it a monkey puzzle?

They won the Green Flag Award, I'm not surprised!

All these courses and they are all FREE

They have constructed an eco-apiary with a bee observation hive, although the glass could do with a wipe. So fascinating though, I could have watched the bees all day!

As I had to change underground lines at Bank, I decided to take a late lunch and have a look at the poppies at The Tower Of London, I walked from Bank it is easier. I'd forgotten it's half-term, and it was heaving with thousands of visitors, literally thousands! I couldn't get as close as I would have liked, but so pleased to be able to witness this truly awesome memorial.


Look at all those people!

Don't miss the major art installation 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' at the Tower of London, marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain's involvement in the First World War. Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies will progressively fill the Tower's famous moat over the summer. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.

The poppies will encircle the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower but also a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary creating a powerful visual commemoration.