- More flowers, fewer cars: the rewilders turning parking spaces into parks, The Guardian (Jun 22, 2022) — Across the UK and Europe, the ‘parklet’ movement is gaining pace, transforming dead spaces where cars used to be into pockets of green
- Islington Climate Emergency Centre – a movement is growing, realmedia.press (Mar 29, 2022) — "The science is clear. It's not those fighting to put food on the table who need to fix this mess, right? It's the high consuming communities, high consuming individuals who need to act furthest and fastest." Tom Bailey, TakeTheJump.org
The London Borough of Islington is a London borough in Inner London. The borough includes a significant area to the south which forms part of central London. Islington has an estimated population of 215,667. It was formed in 1965 by merging the former metropolitan boroughs of Islington and Finsbury.
The merged entity remains the second smallest borough in London and the third-smallest district in England. The borough contains two Westminster parliamentary constituencies, both formerly represented by Labour Members of Parliament: Jeremy Corbyn, the party's leader from 2015 to 2020, represents Islington North and currently sits as an independent after the whip was withdrawn in October 2020, and Emily Thornberry represents Islington South & Finsbury. The local authority is Islington Council. The borough is home to football club Arsenal, one of the most successful clubs in England and its home Emirates Stadium is one of the largest football stadiums in the country.
The southern part of the borough, south of the A501 Pentonville Road and City Road, forms part of central London, central London congestion charging zone and the ultra low emission zone. A significant part of the southern section of the borough borders the City of London, with the area to the west bordering the London Borough of Camden. The central London area includes Farringdon and Old Street stations both in Zone 1. W
Climate action[edit | edit source]
Climate emergency centre[edit | edit source]
Islington Climate Centre, "hub for local community groups and residents who want to address the impact of the changing climate on one of North London's most vibrant boroughs." added 15:35, 30 March 2022 (UTC)
Other initiatives[edit | edit source]
- Zero Emissions Network, zeroemissionsnetwork.com, "multiple award-winning air quality business liaison initiative... helps businesses and more recently, residents in London's City Fringe area save money, reduce emissions and improve local air quality.", added 15:25, 11 March 2022 (UTC)
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Islington Sustainable Energy Partnership
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
Cycle Islington on twitter.com. Campaign for safer streets, cleaner air, happier people. added 16:46, 25 April 2022 (UTC)
Parkland Walk[edit | edit source]
The Parkland Walk is a 3.1-mile (5.0 km) linear green pedestrian and cycle route in London, which follows the course of the railway line that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace, through Stroud Green, Crouch End, Highgate and Muswell Hill. It is often mistakenly described as 4.5 miles long, but even taking in the gap between the two sections it still only totals 3.1 miles (5.0 km). The route follows the bridges and cuttings of the line, but avoids the closed surface section of Highgate station and its adjoining tunnels, which are closed to walkers for safety reasons. The walk is almost all in Haringey, but a short stretch between Crouch Hill and Crouch End Hill is in Islington and this section incorporates Crouch Hill Park.
The walk is a local nature reserve and a Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation. It was declared a local nature reserve in 1990 and is London's longest such reserve. Between Finsbury Park and Highgate, the path forms part of the Capital Ring strategic walking route.
Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]
Freightliners City Farm is an urban farm located in Lower Holloway in the London Borough of Islington. It is the only urban farm in the borough.
The City Farm movement provides opportunities for young people in an urban environment to see and interact with creatures they would not otherwise see. Freightliners is a community-organised charity, receiving funding both from the council and donations.
The Freightliners City Farm was founded on a site in York Way, NW1 between King's Cross and Camden Town. The site was a goods yard formerly owned by Freightliners, the freight distribution branch of British Rail. The fourteen acre site had been acquired by Camden Council for eventual use for council housing. Building was not due to begin for several years and so in 1972 various community groups were given premises on the site. The site continued to be known to local users as ‘Freightliners’. (The Maiden Lane Estate was eventually built on the site.)
Some workers were employed at the youth club, Freightliners Free School and pensioners club on the site. One of these workers, Sandy, had grown up on her family's farm in Wales and it was she who created the Freightliners Farm on the site. The Farm quickly proved popular with local children and expanded.
In 1978 the Freightliners site was ready to be developed for council housing and the Farm found a new permanent home at its present location in the neighbouring borough of Islington where purpose-built farm buildings were erected in 1988. The site is half a hectare.
There is an ornamental garden, vegetable, herb and fruit gardens on the site. There is also an animal village, where children can look at rabbits, and a farm shop and café.
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
Regent's Canal is a canal across an area just north of central London, England. It provides a link from the Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal, 550 yards (500 m) north-west of Paddington Basin in the west, to the Limehouse Basin and the River Thames in east London. The canal is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) long.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
Events[edit | edit source]
Every Saturday, 11am-3pm: Tufnell Park Market
Community resources[edit | edit source]
- Finsbury Park Library of Things, added 21:45, 30 December 2021 (UTC)
News and comment[edit | edit source]
London gets 'first not-for-profit energy provider in more than 100 years', Oct 18
Why we locals are taking on the development of Mount Pleasant, September 21
Campaigns[edit | edit source]
External links[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: London Borough of Islington