Followinga successful collaboration in 2018, the National Trust is once again teaming up with landscape, architecture and art practice Waywardto facilitate a plant give away event. This innovative project will allow severalthousand plantsand materials from the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival tobe rehomed.Thisisyour opportunitytotake homea stunning plant completelyfreeandbring some green livinginto your home.
OnSaturday 27th July,members of thepubliccancome toMordenHall Park, afree toenter National Trustpropertyin South London,toadopt a plant for free.Byfillingouta Wayward Plant adoptionform,statinghowthey will care for the plant and where itwill live,visitors willbe able torehome a plantfromone of the world’s most prestigious flower shows.
Thisplant recycling scheme ispart of theHouse ofWayward Plants, along-termproject that facilitateslarge-scale communityplantexchanges andadoptioneventsfor unwantedplants.This willbe the fourth year thatWayward is theOfficialReuse Partner of the RHS, with more than5000plants goingto over 80 communityspacesand school gardens from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show alone – with aims to double that number at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival.
This year, the National Trusthaveexpanded this excitingpartnership,developingalong-term visionforthe plantreuse initiative.In October,MordenHallPark willbecome a base forthe Houseof Wayward Plants, creatinga permanentplant recycle-reuse centre, while actingasa hub for education andengagement on the site. The reuse centre will be an opportunity to collect, care for and distribute surplus plants and materials to benefit community green spaces year-round. The new space at Morden Hall Park will include the House of Wayward Plants: Smithfield Greenhouse, a pavilion designed by Wayward and commissioned by Culture Mile for Smithfield Rotunda Garden, as well as the House of Wayward Plants adoption booth designed to travel between the RHS Flower Shows.
The Julyplantadoptioncoincides with London’s National ParkCity Festival and, as wellas the publicadoption,theNationalTrustisworkingwith Wayward tofacilitate giveaways ofthese rehomed plants toschools andcommunitygroupsarounditsLondonproperties.Duringthe National ParkCity Festival week (20th – 28th July 2019),the National Trustwillbe teamingupwith additional communityandcreative partners to carry out greeningactivities beyond its walls.MordenHall Park willbe workingwith nearbyPollards Hillresidentstobreathe newlife intotheestate grounds.At Sutton House the National Trustwill be workingwith local residents and businesses togreen upHomertonHighStreet and at575Wandsworth Road,the Trustwillbe workingwith residentsof two neighbouring estates tocreate mobile gardensinspired by the house.
Michael Parsons, General Manager of Morden Hall Park comments, We are delighted to welcome the House of Wayward Plants back again this year. There was such a buzz last year with people from all over London coming to rehome these wonderful plants, many of which are quite rare. Living in such a hectic city the adoptions are a great way of connecting thousands of people with new plants, bringing with it a responsibility to care for and encourage nature. The team here at Morden Hall Park is really looking forward to re-homing some of them ourselves – we will be working with young people, using the plants to improve community green spaces in the Pollards Hill Estate, All Saints Recreation Ground in South Wimbledon and the new Farm Road Community Garden, with the aim of improving access to nature and enhancing wellbeing.
Heather Ring, Creative Director of Wayward, comments, We’re thrilled to continue and expand upon our long-running partnerships with Royal Horticultural Society and the National Trust, and to create a base for the House of Wayward Plants reuse initiative at the beautiful Morden Hall Park. Our new recycle-reuse centre will be an opportunity to work to benefit community green spaces across the capital with plants, recycled materials, knowledge and inspiration.