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St James Gardens

St James Gardens, Clerkenwell – Proposed Improvements

St James Gardens is a popular open space in an important historic setting that is well used by local residents and nearby office workers. The gardens have suffered from a lack of investment in recent years and Islington Council Parks Service would like to refurbish the site to make it more attractive for everyone and improve its ability to withstand current high levels of use and occasional events.

£220,000 from section 106 developer contributions has been made available to Islington Parks Service to carry out an initial phase of works which will address the most urgent needs.

We have appointed Ireland Albrecht landscape architects to design the improvement works and oversee the delivery of the improvements to site.

Consultation results

We consulted on our preliminary proposals for the site between 17 July and 17 September 2017. The responses we received were generally positive and many useful suggestions were made which we will consider in developing the proposals further. You can download a copy of our consultation report at the bottom of this page.

What happens next?

As there was no further funding allocated to the scheme, a more limited programme of repairs and improvements were devised to address some of the main problems in the gardens, such as repairing and replacing the main footpath; refurbishing existing seating and setting it back into planting areas to improve circulation space and cutting back mature shrubs to improve sightlines and to allow new ground cover planting to establish. We submitted a planning application to carry out these works in September and are waiting for a decision. Once a decision has been received, we will update all stakeholders and update the information on this page.

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