National Gardening Week 2020

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So here we are with another week of lockdown. But all need not be gloom, even if it is raining (at last say the gardeners among you!)

Now is the time to celebrate the nation’s gardens, especially those near to us here in Islington.

 If you have a garden yourself, you don’t need me to tell you what a boon it is in these troubled times. There is always something to do in a garden, whether it be a bit of light weeding, deadheading, re-potting a plant or shrub, or just sitting outside watching a bee or a bird. It offers us time to live in the moment and enjoy what we have.

Whether you have a garden or not, and you are not self-isolating at home, then there is the opportunity to enjoy other people’s gardens. Of course we cannot visit public gardens at the moment, but half an hour wandering about the borough looking over the garden wall may reveal some hidden gems, and there are always the wonderful trees in flower at the moment whether in gardens or the street trees. A visit to one of our parks may also offer some garden delights.

If you are locked down at home, then check out some of the websites that are offering a behind-the-scenes look at gardens now. Try for a sneaky look at the gardens at Buckingham Palace or for an on-line visit to the different RHS gardens around the country and lots of ideas about gardening projects, both indoors and out for all the family to enjoy.  


While you are out on your walk – Octopus has been asked by Islington Council to help identify spaces that might be suitable to become a community garden or food growing space. If you know of a place that might be suitable or you spot one on your walk, take a photo on your phone and send it to us in an email with a short description of where it is, or a postcode if you know it, to We will be back in touch, and later when we can all get out again, be around to have a look.

More ideas later in the week.