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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. 

£100,000 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 hope additional section 106 allocations will be available to allow a full package of site improvements to be completed.

We have appointed Ireland Albrecht landscape architects to prepare a feasibility study for refurbishment of the site.  A copy of their report is available for download at the bottom of this page.  

The proposals cover two phases of work: 

Phase 1 will include basic improvements to existing paving;  refurbishing existing seating and setting it back into planting areas to improve circulation space;  cutting back mature shrubs to improve sightlines and allow new ground cover planting to establish and improving vehicular access from St James Walk.  We expect Phase 1 works will take place during winter/ early spring 2017/18.

Phase 2 is dependent on the project receiving additional funding and getting planning and other necessary consents.  Items which are under consideration as part of phase 2 include:

  • Levelling of the lawn areas to the north and east sides of the church
  • Providing informal play opportunities
  • Making the kiosk toilet publically available
  • Providing interpretation relating to the historic significance of the site

Subject to obtaining necessary consents and funding we hope to carry out phase 2 works in autumn 2018.


We are consulting on our preliminary proposals for the site between 17 July and 17 September. to find out more and have your say please visit our consultation page.

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