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St Marys Gardens

St Marys Gardens, Upper Street

St Marys Gardens is a popular open space in an important historic setting, that is well used by local residents and nearby office workers.  However, the garden area to the north of the church is somewhat neglected and underused.  In partnership with St Marys Church, the Council’s Parks Service is developing proposals to improve the quality of this space in a way that retains its peaceful atmosphere and greenery while creating a more welcoming entrance from Upper Street, more seating and the opportunity to hold occasional events. We are also working up proposals for interpretation of the historical significance of the site to be inlaid into the design.

We have appointed Robert Myers Associates (RMA) as landscape architects to prepare design proposals for enhancement of the site, working alongside sculptor and artist Harry Gray    

Funding for the project has been obtained from section 106 developer contributions from the nearby Almeida post office site.

Consultation

Last summer we asked local residents and park users for their thoughts about the site and ideas for improving it. 

In February 2018 we consulted on our detailed plans for the re-design of this space and received 97 responses with 70% in support of the proposals. You can download a copy of our consultation report at the bottom of this page summarising the comments received and our responses.

Next Steps

We will review the proposals in the light of feedback comments, making changes where appropriate and submit the scheme for planning and faculty approval.

We will also undertake additional maintenance to the remainder of the site this spring to improve the grass and drainage and ensure that litter particularly behind the railings along the boundary with Upper Street is regularly removed.  

We will develop proposals for interpretation and run a workshop event to generate ideas and designs for inlaid brass plaques based on significant historical characters associated with the site.  Further details of this will be provided in due course.  

Establishment of a Friends Group for St Marys Gardens

A number of local residents and park users have decided to establish a Friends Group for the gardens.  If you are interested in joining the group please contact the park manager Bhupesh Thapa by email at Bhupesh.thapa@islington.gov.uk or telephone 0207 527

Contact us

If you would like further information about the project please email greenspace@islington.gov.uk or telephone 0207 5274926.


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