Park life

Holiday-makers off to the seaside may be on the lookout for Blue Flag beaches. If you’re in Islington, why not visit one of our Green Flag parks?

Eight parks around Islington have now been recognised as Green Flag winners. Whittington Park and Royal Northern off the Holloway Road, Gillespie Park (home of the Ecology Centre) near Arsenal tube, Newington Green on the Hackney border, Paradise Park in Holloway, Edward Square near Kings Cross (complete with poetry carving), Fortune Street in the shadow of the Barbican, and Spa Fields in the heart of Clerkenwell.

Plus two community gardens have won Green Pennants: King Henry’s Walk in Mildmay, and Culpeper near Islington Police station in Barnsbury.

Whittington Park is the most recent to get its Green Flag: attractions include the wildflower planting that brightens the Holloway Road and even an outdoor gym.

All the parks are very different, each worth a visit. More information on Islington’s parks is available from the Council and also on the excellent London Wildweb.

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