(Photo: © Michael Hacker)
This prize-winning garden is hidden away behind the old keeper's lodge, now a café in Queen's Wood, Muswell Hill. Formerly the lodge keeper's garden, it became derelict and completely overgrown.
The garden was rescued and restored 12 years ago with the help of Lottery funding and now has plots of fruit bushes and trees, vegetables, a frog pond, herbs and flowerbeds. It is surrounded by woodland and has many wildflowers around the edge and as companion planting in the beds. There are also beehives, plus habitats for insects and other wildlife.
Local volunteers work the garden, which is closely linked to the Friends of Queen's Wood. The aim is to demonstrate what can be achieved in a small garden and to provide education for gardeners in the form of information boards and booklets on organic gardening. Funds from plant sales provide the plants, seeds and equipment needed.
The garden is also used by local residents, schools and teachers as a resource for learning about many aspects of gardening, including composting, taking cuttings and pruning.
In 2009 and 2010 the garden won prizes from Haringey In Bloom in the wildlife gardens and community gardens categories.