We're launching a brand-new website. Stay tuned for a fresh look and enhanced experience. Find out more

MHA The Wilderness

Don't forget to tell us about your discoveries. Follow our Wilderness adventures and tell us about yours!

MHA The Wilderness is a unique and reformed garden which was first discovered over a 100 years ago. The reclaimed wilderness offers access to a hidden heritage garden in South London with an accessible, engaging and nature conservation programme of activities.

The Wilderness garden was first created by Rev William Wilks, Vicar of Shirley and former secretary of the Royal Horticulture Society, between 1904 and 1923: a wild garden that lived up to the house’s name. Over a 100 years later it has been restored by MHA to its former glory and both our residents and visitors couldn’t be happier with the beautiful garden.

The aim of the ground - breaking project is to improve the lives and the heritage experiences of the residents who live within our care home, MHA Hall Grange together with the local and wider communities in London.

MHA The Wilderness provides opportunities for skill - building through its heritage as well as revealing a rich tapestry of stories that will come alive through the reawakening of the garden.

The Wilderness Interactive Map

Take a look around our Wilderness Gardens and see what we’ve been up to! If you hover over the different sections, you will see an animated GIF that will show you how we’ve developed these areas during the project.

Learning resources

Join and be part of MHA The Wilderness learning programme and descend into an historic and wild path dated back to 1904. Discover and learn the wonder of The Wilderness garden; explore trees and hedgerows; and learn about habitats and ecosystems. Delve into the history of The Wilderness garden through the eyes of Rev. William Wilks: learn the importance of trees, wildlife, plants and their local history.

Read more

Digital Educational Programme

Health & Wellbeing

Green Care is the process of using plants, gardens, open spaces and being in touch with nature to improve physical and mental health of MHA Hall Grange residents, especially those living with dementia.

Read more

Green Care


Are you interested in becoming an active member of engaging with nature and the great outdoors? Join our volunteering programme and get involved in conservation, gardening tasks, history research and green care activities!

Read more

Get involved