Published: 4 June 2024

The Islington Octopus Community Network is running meetings with residents to explore ideas about how we can encourage more biodiversity within Islington and to improve habitat for wildlife. The World Wildlife Foundation, the Royal Society for the Protection for Birds and the National Trust are the driving force behind this initiative. to develop people led plans throughout the UK aimed at increasing and improving green spaces for nature.

The group is run by Julie and Rosie (pictured here) who meet with interested residents in the area to see what people would like to see in the future. The local Tufnell Park group met on 28th May to talk about ideas they have to improve the local environment.  The group included representatives from ‘Islington in Bloom’ looking for new ideas for the competition in the future together with local residents who have worked to improve estates, and residents who are passionate about working to make things better, encouraging nature to thrive and increasing planting in Islington for everyone to enjoy. This project is looking to identify all the small pockets of green in the borough and disused ‘waste’ ground and to look at areas where residents could enjoy growing food if these areas were brought back into use.

If you are interested in planting, wildlife or just improving the local environment you would be very welcome to come along to meet the group and join in with your ideas. The next meetings will be ;

 Thursday 20th June, 5.30 – 7pm, Whittington Park Community Centre, N19 4RS

Julie Parish & Rosie Apperley, Octopus Community Network

 Saturday 13th July, 11am – 2pm, Hilldrop Community Centre, N7 0JE

Rory Crawford, Nature Neighbourhoods Manager, National Trust

Find more information in the following link:

Nature Neighbourhoods — Octopus Community Network (

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