Culpeper Community Garden is one of the most valued public spaces in Islington, serving as a city park and an environmental community project since it was set up in 1982.
Located on Cloudesley Road (N1 0EG), the organic garden is managed by and for the local community, bringing together people from all walks of life to appreciate and enhance their environment.
The garden is less than a hectare in size and consists of a lawn, ponds, rose pergolas, ornamental beds, vegetable plots, seating and a wildlife area. There are 65 plots including two raised beds for disabled gardeners.
As central London is heavily built-up, the small gardens provide an outlet for green-fingered locals who do not have their own garden at home, as well as help educate children how to grow plants and vegetables. Community groups and volunteers also play a major part in tending the garden.
Management of the garden is handled by a committee comprising up to 11 garden members, who are elected every year by garden members at the group’s annual meeting.
Things to see and do at Culpeper Community Garden
Plots regularly become available at the garden so if you fancy growing flowers or other ornamental plants, here’s your chance to get involved. Tools and advice are supplied so newcomers don’t need to worry about their inexperience; just energy, time and enthusiasm are required.
August Bank Holiday saw Culpeper Community Garden stage a production of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night twice a day on the Sunday and Monday with free admission. Although no plans were in place at the time of writing, it seems highly likely that something similar could be arranged this summer too. Spring also usually sees a plant sale, with members selling some of their plot’s produce.
On site, there is a members’ tea hut and a resource centre, which contains a meeting room, office, disabled toilet and a tool shed.
The garden is open seven days a week throughout the year.
Parking facilities around Culpeper Community Garden
There are plenty of places to park your car when visiting Culpeper Community Garden. There are multi-storey car parks on Parkfield Street (N1 0PS) and Upper Street (N1 0QH), as well as a sizable Sainsbury’s nearby on Tolpuddle Street if you plan to restock your kitchen cupboards during your trip.
On-street parking is also available on Cloudesley Road and Batchelor Street.
How to get to Culpeper Community Garden
Culpeper Community Garden is located in Islington at 1 Cloudesley Road (postcode: N1 0EJ).
If you are travelling over from any four-star hotels in London, such as Park Grand London Hyde Park, the closest Tube station is Angel on the Northern Line, which is a third of a mile away on foot, while those on the Victoria Line have the option of walking a mile south after alighting at Highbury & Islington station.
As for bus links, there are a few routes you could opt for when getting to Culpeper Community Garden, namely the 394 and 812 routes, alighting at Tolpuddle Street. The 153 and 274 routes are also an option if you get off on Barnsbury Road.
If you fancy pedalling your way over, there’s a Santander Cycles bike-sharing depot on Cloudesley Road.