The Bulletin Board had been wondering just what was going on at the garden on the Caledonian Road, just West of the bridge over the Canal, so we went to our "source" Lisa Tang, of the Thornhill Bridge Community Gardeners. Here is her report. (Please click the picture to see a larger plan.)
After extensive consultation, Big Lottery (Community Spaces) awarded funding to local community group Thornhill Bridge Community Gardeners for developing the space on the west side of Caledonian Road into a new outdoor classroom.
The site has been extensively landscaped and redesigned by landscape architect Johanna Gibbons and will feature interpretation boards, a ditch with marginal aquatic planting, an invertebrate wall, stag beetle pyramids and local schoolchildren's wood carving incorporated into two new sculptural seats.
The garden will be launched in a special ribbon cutting ceremony on April 5th featuring the Mayor of Islington, local councillors and local schools. Pupils from Vittoria Primary School will take part in woodcarving workshops in the morning and afternoon with artist Karen Hansen - www.karenhansen.co.uk
This outdoor classroom forms part of the Regents Canal nature conservation area and is a Site of Metropolitan Importance (SMI). There will be a TBCG blog where educators can access free resources and information about this area.
Please note that the development of this open space is the culmination of a three-year project conceived, fundraised and project managed by Lisa Tang founder of Thornhill Bridge Community Gardeners.