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Barnsbury Wood



  • London’s smallest Local Nature Reserve
  • A delightful hidden woodland with wildlife garden
  • Barnsbury Wood was originally a garden belonging to George Thornhill who built the surrounding houses in the 1840s. The area was eventually abandoned to nature and then became woodland.
  • Home to a range of wildlife including long tailed tit, lesser stag beetle, common toad and the sixteen spot ladybird.
  • Barnsbury Wood is used by Islington’s environmental education staff to run activities for school children.


The entrance to Barnsbury Wood is on Crescent Street, off Huntingdon Street, Caledonian Ward.

Contact details

Islington Ecology Centre

Gillespie Park Local Nature Reserve 191 Drayton Park London N5 1PH, Tel: 020 7527 4374 email:

Public transport information

Nearest stations: Caledonian Road underground, Caledonian Road & Barnsbury

Buses: 17, 91, 153, 259, 274

Access information

Opening hours: Barnsbury Wood is open throughout the year on Tuesdays from 2 to 4pm and on Saturdays from July to the end of September from 2 to 4pm. Saturday opening is made possible by volunteers from the local community.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed in Barnsbury Wood

Disabled access: there are no steps or slopes at the site, however paths are unsurfaced.

Getting involved

If you would like to help open Barnsbury Wood during the summer months, please contact the Islington Ecology Centre.

Our Volunteer Group meets every Thursday from 10am to 3.30pm and carry out work on our three nature reserves. Activities are varied and include cutting meadows, weeding the wildlife garden, coppicing trees, cutting back bramble and pond maintenance. No experience is needed and all tools are provided. Please contact at the Ecology Centre for more information.


To find out more about events at Barnsbury Wood, please follow the link to our latest events guide.


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