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The Gardens

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This consistent award-winning oasis of calm is a testament to our close community. Used by many over the course of any day of the week, it is maintained under a service agreement with the council.

Early in 2005, Penn Road Residents Association took over the horticultural maintenance, under the guidance of the late Judy Garvey and Rebecca Jollies. This small triangular garden was slowly transformed into a wonderful oasis in the middle of this busy area of London.


Through a combination of monthly community gardening Sunday mornings involving residents and neighbours of Penn Road, plus many hours given by Judy and Rebecca, there has been a planting revolution within the Victorian railings.


In 2010 we received a grant from Islington Council to spend on The Gardens. A new design for the centre area was created by Colette Blanchard from Islington Council Greenspace, put out for public consultation, approved then implemented.


The final part of the make-over was completed in 2011 with the installation of a beach garden.The revitalised Garden design has been well received by everyone who visits, as well as playing a big part in our winning the Green Flag Community Award for two years running, as well as the several Gold Awards in the Community Parks Section of Islington in Bloom, along with 'Outstanding' in recent RHS London in Bloom It's your Neighbourhood.


None of this would have happened without the part played by the local community.

A few pictures from recent years that include one of Judy Garvey and one from the archives of Ilsington Museum, thanks to them.

If you would like to join us for our regular last Sunday of the month gardening morning, please come along between 10:00 and midday or email

We always take a break with tea, coffee and biscuits.

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 4th year in a row – RHS London in Bloom 2022

Level 5 Outstanding It's Your Neighbourhood Award

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