the key north London backyard that’s an oasis of calm


This month we’re asking Time Out writers to share their favorite secret areas within the metropolis. First up Chiara Wilkinson on her favorite lesser-known park. 

I reside on a really noisy highway. Like most locations in London, there’s a siren each 5 minutes and a girl who routinely freestyle raps on the bus cease exterior my bed room. Sometimes, it could possibly get a bit a lot – particularly for somebody who grew up a 15 minute stroll from the silent Scottish countryside. That’s why I used to be so relieved once I stumbled throughout Gillespie Park: an overgrown oasis of woods, meadow, mud and ponds, tucked behind a secret-garden gate subsequent to Arsenal tube station.

The park is house to the Islington Ecology Centre, reportedly offering academic talks and walks for faculties, locals, and the like. According to the Islington council web site, it’s house to 244 species of crops, 94 species of birds and 24 species of butterflies – though I can’t say I’ve seen many fluttery issues there in any respect. What I’ve seen nonetheless, is loads of squirrels, goldfish, damp and dandelions. It’s removed from the yummy mummy grass-trimmed parks of east London. It’s sprawling and wild, with numerous paths and locations to discover. I wish to go and stroll aimlessly and simply suppose – or sit on the log bench and never suppose in any respect.

The greatest bit about it? Whenever I’ve been, there actually is fuck all folks round. I can gaze into the pond algae for a bit too lengthy, run my fingers by means of the grass and mutter my because of Mother Nature, whistle again the birdsong and take flight. That, or I can simply chill and skim my e-book.

Gillespie Park, 10 Tannington Terrace, N5 1LE

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