Barnard Park

Barnard Park
(Photo: Celia Lowe)
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A 10-acre public park with a rich history, from the beginnings of cricket with Thomas Lord in the 18th century to WW2 bomb damage. Wartime devastation was followed by prefab housing before the park was created in the 1960s.

This is an area of dense housing with very little open space. Recently much has been transformed by the Friends of Barnard Park, including the creation of three new gardens with hundreds of plants and bulbs. There's a herbaceous area in an old shrub bed and a herb garden in the children's play area, both created in April 2010.

Ongoing improvements have been made since 2012 to the long, dry, shady border along Barnsbury Road. This is a challenging site, but the Friends' gardening group is slowly making progress.

The park has large grassy areas for sunbathing or picnicking and a large games pitch.

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