Creating a Garden Estate

Turning Lancaster West into a Garden Estate

Our gardens go from strength to strength. Alongside the Tea Garden, Lavender Garden and a rejuvenated garden at Morland House we now have Thyme Square located above the Tea Garden near Barandon Walk.

Our community focused herb growing, composting and food sharing has been a huge success with our residents who are able to come and collect fresh herbs like mint and thyme grown right here on our estate.

‘A Plant for Every Home’ – our mission to give every household on the estate a plant.

A big thanks to local enterprise, Cameron Gardens, for their kind donations. 

Plus, a big thank you to our enthusiastic volunteers who are helping shape the future of our green estate. Join our team of volunteers below.

Scientists Have Discovered 58 Tiny Animal Species on Lancaster West Estate’s Prairie Garden

They traced the DNA left behind by the creatures that crawl around underground - as part of Grow2Know's Walkways Wildlife project in partnership with Natural History Museum’s Urban Nature Project and Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team. 
The scientists have analysed the findings from their first visit back in October 2021 and they have been able to detect around 58 animal species. 95% of these were worms but they also identified some flies, moths, slugs, spiders, springtails, and wasps, including: 
  • Geometer Moth: Appear to 'Measure the Earth’ as they move when caterpillars. Eat lichen, pollen, and flowers. Mainly fly at night. Found all over the world. Most around 3 cm long.
  • Earthworm: Earthworms eat a wide variety of organic matter such as bacteria and fungi. They are also hermaphrodites, meaning they carry both male and female reproduction organs. They also breathe through their skin.
  • Stiletto Fly: Their larvae are predators and live on a diet of smaller insect larvae. As adults they feed on nectar, honeydew, and pollen and occasionally animal secretion. If exposed to light as larvae, they instinctively dig deeper into the ground. Tend to prefer to live in sandy habitats.
  • Springtail: Springtails are common insects that live in leaf litter, compost piles and lawn soils, recycling dead plant material into nutrients to fertilize your lawn. About a millimetre long, springtails are rarely seen, can multiply in the right environmental conditions.
  • Potworm: They resemble small earthworms and include both terrestrial species known as potworms that live in highly organic terrestrial environments, as well as some that are marine.

Lancaster West Prairie Garden

The new Prairie Garden between Hurstway and Testerton Walk on Lancaster West was planted in October 2021 by Walkway residents. 
The Prairie Garden was built after consulting with Lancaster West residents and is a project in partnership with Grow2Know CiC and the Natural History Museum.

Rob's Tips for Gardening

SOILCheck the type of soil that is recommended for the plant you want to grow. Most plants grow better in a specific type of soil.
INDOOR PLANTSIt is recommended that you change the soil for indoor plants every 6 months - to renew the nutrients.
WATERINGToo much moisture can be just as damaging to plants as too little - It is important to keep an eye on the weather and remember to water the roots!
COMPOSTComposting kitchen and garden waste transforms it into a valuable and nutrient rich food for plants. 

Creating a Garden Estate with a thriving environment

  • Plants remove CO2 from the atmosphere and will help us reach our net-zero goal 
  • Green space improves air quality 
  • Only ½ of the UK population has easy access to green space; on Lancaster West only 10% of residents have access to private green space
  • Mental health and wellbeing improves with access and interaction with green space Nature helps to reduce the effects of the climate crisis 
  • Protecting, supporting and growing biodiversity, wildlife and local species
  • Growing food locally helps to reduce carbon footprints 

Find out more on our sustainability page

Compost Bins

Composting tips:
  • Chopping material for the compost bin speeds up the composting process
  • If your compost bin appears too dry, add a few sprinkles of water for moisture
  • Make sure you have a good mix of green and brown compost material to ensure your compost is the right texture
  • Green material can be vegetable peelings, egg shells, tea-bags, coffee grounds
  • Brown material can be woody pruning's, plant stems, twigs, egg boxes, crumpled paper, wood shavings
  • It takes between six to nine months for your compost to be ready.

Get Involved

Join our team of volunteers helping to shape our green spaces. Get involved and join our team of enthusiastic volunteers led by our estate gardener Robert. 
Gain an insight into the world of gardening and enhance your skills and knowledge whilst contributing to the future of your green spaces. 
Contact: Robert Pereno Email: Phone: 07814612876

Know an area on your estate that needs 'greening up'. Get in touch.

Contact our community gardener Rob
Mobile: 07814612876  Email:

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