From an original idea by Islington Library Service and part of the Bunhill Ward Improvement Plan – with investment from S106 and Arts Council of England funding, the garden has been created with local older people at St. Luke’s Community Centre working with All Change artists – Carl Stevenson and Francesca Beard, and Islington Council Parks Service.
The design for the garden features specially designed trellis work, a new games table and benches customised with poetry, and a new planting scheme. All the garden elements have been inspired by older people’s stories and memories of the park and local area. The new planting will add colour and fragrances, designed to enable people who have sensory impairments to enjoy spending time here. The design will ensure that the garden looks beautiful in all seasons, complementing other features in the gardens, and can be a place for everyone in the community to enjoy and spend time together. The ongoing maintenance will be looked after by the Parks Service and the local community working together.
To view and comment on the designs, drop into St. Luke’s Community Centre on Central Street from Tuesday 1 – Thursday 3 May (daytimes) 2018