A green oasis in the midst of streets, estates and inner city bustle, Culpeper Community Garden is one of the most valued green public spaces in Islington
Culpeper is a beautiful public open space which is both a city park and an environmental community project. Managed by and for local people, it is an award winning project where people from all walks of life come together to appreciate and enhance their environment.
Surrounded by roads and a busy shopping area, Culpeper is often described as ‘an oasis’. Children and adults alike love to explore the pathways, ponds and wealth of plants. It’s a perfect place for a picnic or simply for relaxing.
|How to find us
Culpeper Community Garden
020 7833 3951
We aim to open during daylight hours
(but we depend on volunteers)
A communal effort
Our organic garden comprises a lawn, ponds, rose pergolas, ornamental beds, vegetable plots, seating and a wildlife area. It contains 50 plots including 2 raised beds for disabled gardeners: these small gardens are for community groups, children, and for people living nearby who do not have gardens. Tending the garden is a communal effort by garden members and volunteers.
Over the years Culpeper has been recognised as a model of excellence. We regularly receive awards. In 2018 we won Gold at the Islington in Bloom and a special award for best wildlife garden. In 2017 we received an ‘Outstanding’ rating from the Royal Horticultural Society. In 2009 we were one of the first voluntary organisations in the UK to be given PCASSO level 1 certification for good governance. In 2014 on Culpeper was safeguarded as an open space ‘in perpetuity’ though a Fields in Trust initiative to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond jubilee. This was with the full support of Islington Council who have always backed us, even if they have not been able to fund us for a good many years.
The Royal Horticultural Society, awarding us ‘outstanding’ in the London in Bloom competition, said, “Culpeper is an outstanding example of community gardening in the city… It’s social and therapeutic horticulture at its best.”
Our registered charity number is 1176277