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Come out to Tennis, Jazz or Singing in the Garden? - Football alternatives!

Enjoy being outdoors with others – Wimbledon Tennis on the big screen at Kings X, Granary Square until 6.7.14 or Friday night (27th) enjoy WTW Jazz Band at Hargrave Hall and on Sunday (29th) Sing Along in beautiful King Henrys Walk Garden!

Summer volunteer days coming up at Pooles Park primary schools Global Food Garden – all 11am – 3pm:

Saturday 27th July
Saturday 3rd August
Saturday 10th August
Saturday 24th August

Join in to lend a hand with weeding, pond cleaning, potting on, planting out and of course harvesting.
Entrance is via the main gate on Hatley road.
Please call Sara to gain entrance on 07584 87 34 36. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Our Get Together group at Whittington Park Community Association had a great time on Saturday at The Big Day Out in Whittington Park as part of the brilliant Holloway Festival.

The sun was shining and the atmosphere was vibrant as everyone enjoyed ice cream, music, dog shows, crafts, art, games and more. Our Get Together group, who meet at Whittington Park Community Association every Wednesday from 2 – 3.30pm gathered together their beautiful creations and set up their stall. We had some good sales, with the handmade toys proving popular as well as the cushions and baby clothes. All proceeds went back into the group to go towards more materials.

Everyone had a lovely time – so huge thanks to Katia from Whittington Park Community Association and Holloway Festival.






We had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine on Tuesday at Camley Street Natural Park. It was a real tour of the incredible wildlife there: we saw ducks, coots, wrens, blackbirds, watersnails, waterboatmen, (the cat) and even two terrapins!

Thank you Camley Street!


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This weekend we were joined again by Mildmay Park residents at King Henry’s Walk Garden for a special talk about pond life from one of the ‘Friends of the Garden’ Pete.

Angi and her husband Steve brought the talk alive by handing out identification cards of pond life as well as photos and some real specimens scooped out of the pond just moments before!

We were all able to get a good look at the newts, water snails and water boatmen as well as some plant species at Pete told us about the habitat of a pond and shared some tips on how to make one (it has to have sloping side for newts and other amphibians to get out onto the land – otherwise they drown!). There is much more to it than digging a hole and filling it with tap water!

We also got the chance to see the Islington Giving container coming along nicely, with herds, onions, garlic and pansies growing well. Everyone took home a little bit of mint for a warming mint tea. Yum!

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Thanks again to Erlinda for this picture of our group enjoying Freightliners Farm Get Together last Tuesday. Helping the gardener to plant, repot and sow new seeds the group had a lovely afternoon in the greenhouse!

Come along next time – call Ellie on 0207 281 6018 for more information.

We were met by Helen, Camley Street’s Education Officer, who gave us an introduction (after an essential cup of tea!) and insight into the history of the park and then lead us on a lovely tour around the reserve.

Nestled between the churning regeneration works in King’s Cross and the Regents Canal Camley Street Nature Park is an oasis of wild greenery – proudly home to some rare bird and plant species.

We wandered at a leisurley pace around several ponds surrounded by fluffy bullrushes and whistling reeds, whilst ducks paddled on the surface and the tweets of the birds miraculoulsy drowned out the industrial cranes in the background.

It was a lovely afternoon and felt like a little holiday out of the city. Join us next time for your escape!

Call Ellie on 0207 281 6018.

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This weekend we enjoyed a fantastic beer-tasting session at King Henry’s Walk Garden – as well as the first glimpses of spring sunshine! The resident expert beer-brewer and real ale enthusiast sampled the first taste of our version of a London bitter – it was very good! Everyone got a bottle to take home too.

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The sunny Tuesday afternoon just gone was spent at Freightliners Farm drinking tea, having a lovely chat and making new friends over the planting of chilli seeds. We welcomed several new attendees (or Get Togetherees) including a lady who brought along her 95 year old neighbour – both avid Arsenal supporters with season tickets and attending every game!

Half term madness meant there were plenty of children around the farm, stroking the animals and digging up strawberry plants with the help of farm volunteers. Some curious children even helped us plant a seed or two – hopefully they will be growing the next Get Together.

Join us next time on Tuesday 19th March to find out!
1.30 – 3pm at Freightliners Farm, Sheringham Road.

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The group gather round to plant their spicy seeds!

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Seeds are organised into types – from mild to dangerously hot!

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One new attendee checks the chilli seed packets.

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A farm helper hands out the seeds.

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