gillespie park

Everyone has a story. How do you learn to love trees, bees or nature in a borough like Islington which has the least green space of anywhere in the country (except the City)? Step forward Marnie Rose whose passion for nature inspired her to set up The Garden Classroom specialising in…
Everyone has a story. Gillespie Park, tucked behind Arsenal tube, is a tranquil oasis that make it hard to believe you are in the borough with the least green space in the UK (except the City of London). And now on summer Sundays the Islington Ecology Centre also boasts a…
Since 2002 Richard Green, has been one of three councillors representing Highbury West ward. For much of that time he’s also been working in local government. And now he’s also Islington’s Mayor – what’s motivating him? Interview by Nicola Baird Richard Greening may not play an instrument but music has had a…
Everyone has a story. Journalist Peter Gruner knows Islington better than most of us despite never having lived here. After 11 years on the Islington Tribune (the Trib) he retired in May. Now he’s enjoying visits back to the borough as well as trips around the UK with his wife…
Matthew Sherwood: fisherman Everyone has a story. Goldfish may look beautiful in ornamental ponds. But in a wildlife reserve they are surprisingly deadly predators – leading to big drops in dragonfly, water boatmen, water snail and frog numbers. Step forward Matthew Sherwood, the man with the painstaking task of fishing Gillespie Park’s pond…
Chris Setz: tree champion Everyone has a story. Meet a man who really loves street trees – as much for their beauty as fabulous carbon storing abilities. Chris Setz is taking his tree road show to Gillespie Park in May 2015, and has lots of clever new media ways to help map, love and…
Barry Causton: events manager Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  Oxjam Islington Takeover Manager & film extra, Barry Causton, 38, has been working and living in Islington for nearly 10 years. “Islington is like a northern town, small enough that you always bump into people you know, yet big enough to have so much packed into…
Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story.  Pat Tuson, 68, best known locally as leading the Gillespie Festival team, grew up in the East End but it’s Islington birds and blooms that feature most in her urban and plant photographs.  Interview by Nicola Baird Pat Tuson: “I’ve always been a bit of a whiz with…
Sue Jandy: volunteer Everyone on Islington Faces Blog has a story. Many families debate fiercely about whether to stay living in Islington as the kids grow up. The lure of idyllic countryside and a slower pace of life (not to mention cheaper houses and allegedly better schools) often wins. Only problem is the people moving out…
Diane Burridge: local activist Everyone has a story on the Islington Faces Blog.  Diane Burridge grew up in the Australian outback. She arrived in Britain in 1975, first living and teaching science at a secondary school in Brixton, before settling in Islington in 1981 with partner David Braine. Interview by Nicola Baird Nothing seems to stop Diane…