Mother Goose Nurseries were established in 1989, for the purpose of providing high-quality childcare for local communities in Southwark and neighbouring boroughs.
We have always been committed to providing the children in our care with a rich and varied curriculum, including exciting learning experiences outdoors. Therefore, it has been a natural progression for us to lease a neighbouring piece of neglected land, to create an idyllic outdoor learning environment. Our vision is to create a space for the children in our care and the whole community, from pre-schoolers to our more senior citizens.
In London, wildlife and green space are under threat from urban development. We want to play our part in protecting nature by providing ‘stepping stone’ habitats for local species.
Research shows the benefits to both physical and emotional well-being of spending time outdoors, and Mother Goose Wildlife Garden offers opportunities for children and adults to engage with nature and outdoor activities.
- Raise awareness of healthy eating, through providing opportunities for children and adults to grow food and learn to prepare and eat freshly picked produce
- Help children to appreciate the wonder and beauty of wildlife through a range of activities including pond dipping and nature trails
- Provide opportunities for children to experience exercise and fresh air, as part of a healthy lifestyle
- Provide opportunities for children to design, build and construct using a range of natural materials
- Inspire children to know more about horticulture, perhaps introducing it as a career choice
- Inspire children to engage with environmental issues
- Increase young people’s awareness of local biodiversity, particularly those who are Disengaged with nature, through interaction with our wildlife garden and activities which provide inclusive youth engagement
- Protect and conserve wildlife habitats and species populations within the area, and to engage local people in this work.
We encourage sustainability by composting garden and kitchen waste on site, collecting manure from local city farms and by selling plants raised in the garden.
We collect rain water for the watering of our plants and wherever possible, try to use recycled materials for projects.
The vegetables we grow are used in the nursery kitchen for children’s lunches – zero food miles!