Gardening for Wellbeing with Lynette

We are extremely excited to let you know that our Volunteer Lynette will be soon starting her Gardening for Wellbeing club at the Wilderness. Don’t miss this opportunity to join a relaxed and inclusive environment, surrounded by the beauty and tranquillity of the Wilderness garden.

We only have 6 places available. Be the first one to sign up.

The 5 weeks programme of Gardening for Wellbeing is aimed at anyone age 55+ living in the community.

The programme focuses on the benefits of growing your own plants: vegetables, herbs and house plants. At the end of the programme, you will:

  • learn the ethos and approaches to re-growing food
  • learn how to regrow food from scraps and how to care and manage your plants
  • learn how to propagate house plants
  • contribute to our kitchen garden
  • attend an art & craft with nature workshop

Activities suitable to all. The Wilderness is a wheel-chair friendly garden with accessible toilets on-site.

For more information, contact

MHA The Wilderness Garden Events for May

Rhododendron in Bloom and Exhibition Event
The Wilderness garden will open on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May from 10am to 4pm to members of the public to admire the beautiful display of Rhododendrons, Azalea and spring plants now in flower.

We will also host a photographic exhibition at the Wilderness Centre to discover how the Wilderness has changed through times. No need for booking – just turn up!

The Wilderness garden public openings
From Saturday 7th May until Sunday 25th September, the Wilderness garden will be open to the public on weekend from 10am to 4pm. No need for booking. Just turn up and enjoy the tranquillity of the garden!

Croydon’s Trees for Streets Scheme

Croydon Council is among the first local authorities in the UK to join Trees for Streets, the new national street tree sponsorship scheme.

Trees for Streets is a project by Trees for Cities, the national urban tree charity, funded by the government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund. It aims to support the planting of more than a quarter of a million street trees nationwide over the next ten years.

The Trees for Streets online platform is easy-to-use and means anyone can sponsor a street tree in their neighbourhood by making a donation, and completing a few simple details. A request is automatically sent to the council, who then assess the chosen location for suitability. If the chosen spot is appropriate, they will make arrangements to plant a tree the following winter: the best time to plant young trees to ensure they grow and thrive.

Why are street trees important?

Street trees deliver a whole host of benefits right outside your door –here’s what they do for us:

  • capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen
  • improve our health and wellbeing – both physically and mentally
  • absorb air pollution
  • improve air quality by acting like natural filters
  • protect us from flooding
  • create shading and cooling – so important in towns and cities
  • make the neighbourhoods where we live that bit nicer

Beyond sponsoring a tree, there are lots of other ways for you to get involved. Once each street tree is planted, it will need watering every week throughout the summer for 3 years to give it the best chance of survival, and any litter or weeds will need removing too, to make sure it thrives.

By donating your time (and water) to care for street trees, you’ll be contributing to a legacy for your community. It’s also a great opportunity to chat with neighbours, and enjoy the fresh air these trees provide.

Find out more:

Dedication/Memorial Trees

We also offer Dedication or Memorial trees, which are planted in parks and open spaces.

You can sponsor a Dedication/Memorial tree in a selection of parks located across the borough.

A Dedication or Memorial tree can be used to mark the life of a loved one who has passed away, the birth of a child, an anniversary, can be given as a gift, or simply because you’d like to put something back into your community and your local environment.

It’s a great way to celebrate or commemorate any significant life event. Or just because you love Croydon and would like to help plant more trees here.

Find out more:

If you would like to support us and help to distribute some leaflets in your street or locally to let others know about this new scheme, please email Trees for Streets at:

Trees for Streets

Croydon Council has partnered with Trees for Streets to make it easier for residents to fund tree planting in streets and parks across the borough.

Both the Croydon Street Tree Sponsorship Scheme and Celebration Tree Scheme offer you a fantastic opportunity to play your part in greening the borough.

You can choose to make a donation to have a tree planted in the street outside your house, or to sponsor a tree in one of the local parks as a dedication to a loved one or to mark a special occasion.

The ambition through these schemes is to reduce air pollution, absorb carbon, improve mental and physical wellbeing and generally make Croydon an even more lovely place to live.

For more information, visit the Trees for Streets website.

For the local Croydon Scheme, visit the Croydon Borough Trees for Streets website.