On Wednesday I had a really nice evening in the sun down by the tranquil but brooding River Aire. I was co-facilitator, with Sue Ball, of a botanical survey of a tiny derelict site next to Asda Headquarters which it is hoped Remember Oluwale can develop as a safe-space memorial to a black homeless immigrant man, David Oluwale, who met his death near there in 1969. The site, an old warehouse razed to the ground apart from a listed archway, has very shallow soil built up on concrete over 50 years by moss, flooding and debris. It is host to an astonishing range of plants, mainly wild but some deliberately introduced by Nurture associated with the homeless shelter at St George’s Crypt in Leeds. There is a theme of tenacious holding on with the ivy-leaved toadflax , herb robert and ivy itself clinging to low walls. Food plants include elderberry, bramble, bird cherry, prickly lettuce and, at a pinch, the aforementioned toadflax. Nurture for the soul, food for thought and poets is contributed by red poppy, yarrow and hemlock, all redolent of heroic struggle. Coming soon – photographs on the Remember Oluwale Facebook page.