(Photo: Colin Wing)
The Olden Community Garden is a registered charity (115805) located less than five minutes' walk from the Emirates Stadium. It is a haven for wildlife, an oasis of quiet amongst the hustle and bustle of Islington and a great source of pride to us in Highbury. It is a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (Grade 1 - Borough).
The garden, which is run by a group of hard-working volunteers, covers over two acres of open space off Whistler Street and Drayton Park, on a former railway embankment.
There is a formal community garden which is fully accessible, a woodland, a greenhouse, an orchard of apple and plum trees, a wildflower meadow, allotments and growing spaces, and a small building called the Garden House.
All the fundraising is done by volunteers, centred on regular garden work days and social events.
The members have started a Kids' Garden within the site, and students from City & Islington College's Learning Difficulties Department, who have set up a food-growing project with the garden, also benefit from outdoor activities.
Woodland Walk now open with log circle used for woodcraft classes.
Capital Growth garden: