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Gillespie Park and Ecology Centre

Gillespie Park; London in Bloom 2015 Gold Award winner and London Conservation Area of the Year Award 2015

Park opening hours areĀ 8amĀ until dusk


  • A 2.8 hectare nature reserve which is home to a wealth of wildlife, including 244 species of plants, 94 species of birds and 24 types of butterflies
  • Local Nature Reserve
  • Ponds, woodland and meadow areas
  • Ecology Centre is open to visitors with advice on wildlife gardening and sustainable living
  • Ecology Centre runs events, takes school bookings and is available for


Entrances to Gillespie Park are on Drayton Park, Gillespie Road, Quill Street and Seven Sisters Road, Highbury West Ward.

Contact details

Islington Ecology Centre, 191 Drayton Park London N5 1PH

Tel: 020 7527 4374


Text: 'Greenspace' + your message to 80800

Public transport information

Nearest stations: Arsenal (Piccadilly line), Finsbury Park (Victoria line), Drayton Park Buses: 4, 19, 236

Access information

Opening hours: Gillespie Park is open to the public from 8am to dusk daily, except on days of Arsenal stadium events when it is closed.

Dogs: Most of Gillespie Park is designated as dog-free. Dogs are allowed in the section of park accessed from the St. Thomas Road entrance.

Disabled Access: There is a disabled parking space at Gillespie Park. The access for this parking is from Drayton Park. The paths around the Ecology Centre are suitable for wheelchairs. Further access information can be found at DisabledGo.

Getting involved

Our Volunteer Group meets every Thursday from 10am to 3.30pm and carries 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.

The Friends of Gillespie Park are a group of local people with an interest in Gillespie Park. Members organise events, such as the annual Gillespie Festival, and fund-raise. To find out more, contact the Ecology Centre.