Olden Community Gardens
  • History

    The Olden Garden was started in 1986 by local residents with the agreement of Islington Council. The two acre site has been in a state of dereliction and used as a dumping ground for fly-tippers. The top terrace now boasts a lawn surrounded by floral borders, shrubs and mature trees, plus a well-equipped Garden House. In other areas of the garden there is: an orchard; a meadow strip; a children's garden; a vegetable growing area; a greenhouse; and an acre of woodland

    We are partly-funded through the support of our key-holding Members. Currently the Membership is around 170 households. In addition to membership subscriptions, key deposits, and donations, the Management Committee seeks funding from various charities and organisations to help with the upkeep of the garden. Recent financial support has come from Islington Council, Islington Giving, Cripplegate Foundation and Waitrose. Income is earned from lettings to individuals, non-profit organisations and social enterprises. City and Islington College, AgeUK, U3A, Drayton Park Primary School, the Islington Brownies, Islington Community Gardens and others groups use the garden.