I have been opening Barnsbury Wood as a volunteer since I came to live here. This involves offering a couple of Saturday afternoons over the summer and, on those afternoons, opening the gate and letting visitors wander about while I sit on a camping chair and read my book. After two hours I check everyone’s gone, lock up and go home – feeling better for a few moments of peace.
The note below is a friendly request for volunteers, from the Nature Conservation Service. This scheme helps Barnsbury Wood maintain its status as a public nature conservation area. Please respond to the Nature Conservation Service directly.
Barnsbury Wood Volunteers wanted, to open the wood to the public on Saturdays 2-4 pm through the summer.
Barnsbury Wood, the beautiful little nature reserve on your doorstep (Crescent Street) is only open to the public on Tuesdays 2-4 pm. For a number of years we have been able to extend this to include Saturday afternoons in the summer. This is only possible with the time and commitment of local residents who volunteer to staff the Saturday opening.
If you are interested please contact us.
Nature Conservation Officer
020 7527 4383
078 2509 8503
Full induction provided for new volunteers, refresher for those who have volunteered before if they wish.
Here is a cute little video that I came across, filmed in Barnsbury Wood.
Dear Boys and Girls,
Congratulations on the new library, because it isn’t just a library. It is a space ship that will take you to the farthest reaches of the Universe, a time machine that will take you to the far past and the far future, a teacher that knows more than any human being, a friend that will amuse you and console you—and most of all, a gateway, to a better and happier and more useful life.
Signed, ‘Isaac Asimov‘, 1971.
This was written in an effort to attract as many youngsters to the premises as possible. The original is posted on this excellent blog, Letters of Note.
Now Islington residents are being asked to fill in a questionnaire as part of a consultation on Islington libraries. Councils are closing libraries countrywide, at the moment, In order to save money. Thankfully, Islington Council has pledged not to close any libraries this year, but cost cutting will inevitably mean library closures or reduced library services at some point.
Islington Council will use the consultation to guide or justify decisions about which libraries/services will go. Therefore if we want to keep our libraries it is important that we each fill in this questionnaire to let our Council know how and when we use our libraries and how we see ourselves using them in the future.
Click here to fill in the form online, or pick up a hard copy from any library in Islington. The deadline for submission is 31 July. Allow around ten minutes to complete the form online; to move on through the questions click the ‘Next’ button at the bottom each page.
There will also be a public meeting on 21 June at Finsbury Library at 7p.m. The map is below.
This message comes from the Friends of Barnsbury Square Gardens.
Barnsbury Square will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday 11 June as part of this year’s Open Squares Weekend (in association with the London Parks and Gardens Trust). See the new planting, meet a neighbour, grab a tea/coffee, bring a friend and maybe some cake if you’d like to!
Friends of Barnsbury Square Gardens
The beautiful garden of 36 Thornhill Square is open on Sunday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for the National Gardens Scheme (£2, mostly to Macmillan Nurses). It's also an opportunity to sample Anna's excellent tea and cakes!