Islington locals have a new garden oasis to enjoy following the launch of Islington’s first ‘Word Garden’.

The new retreat, in King Square Gardens, opened on Wednesday 6th June as part of this month’s Word2018 Festival, which we touched on in a previous blog post here 

The Word Garden is inspired by ‘memories and stories of the park and local area’ and is designed by older members of the St Luke’s Community Centre.  

The Word2018 Festival celebrates reading and language, and this theme is continued in the Word Garden where lines of poetry have been inscribed on benches.   

Islington Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Councillor Asima Shaikh, said: “Islington’s new Word Garden at Kings Square Gardens is a quiet, restful space in the heart of the city for residents. It is a perfect spot to reflect, get inspiration, and find peace from the words, plants and flowers within it.” 

Shaikh continued: “I invite all of our residents to visit and look out for all the other fantastic activities happening this June as part of the festival.” 

The Word Garden is the result of a collaboration between Islington Council’s library and park services as well as members of the St Luke’s Community Centre, and artists Carl Stevenson and Francesca Beard from All Change, the arts charity behind the Word2018 Festival.  

The London Borough of Islington is blessed with many public parks and green spaces, which is one of the reasons why the area is such a pleasing place to live and work.  

For more information on the new Word Garden, click the link below: 

Islington Council