A two-acre oasis of greenery in Islington, north London.
Over time, a herbaceous garden, an orchard, a series of vegetable terraces, a small meadow and an acre of woodland have all emerged from a railway embankment.
Under an agreement with Islington Council which owns the land, the volunteer-run Charity – Olden Community Garden – maintains the Garden, with the object to promote a community garden for the benefit of people living or working in the London Borough of Islington. Olden Garden gives local people opportunities for education and recreation, with the aim of increasing involvement in the community and reducing isolation.
A self-sustaining garden
We use harvested water, we compost all the green waste and create wildlife habitats from woody debris. There is a fruitful orchard and a flourishing vegetable garden.
Visitors to Olden Garden are welcome to help celebrate Have a Grow Day, an initiative of Social Farms and Gardens. Come along at any time between 10am – 4pm on Saturday 18 June. Caroline, our gardener, will welcome you. Visitors can help with the day’s volunteer gardening tasks. You will be able to see our extensive woodland and the orchard as well as our greenhouse and vegetable plots, learning more about how our garden grows.
Information about vegetable growing will be available and volunteers will be able to sow herb seeds in a pot to take home with them.
100+ gardens not normally open to the public, including Olden Garden, will throw open their gates to visitors on 11 – 12 June.
Please note that Weekend Tickets are only available to purchase online, you will not be able to buy them at the garden gate. Book online now and you will instantly receive an e-ticket which you can show to our volunteers on your mobile device or print at home in advance. For further information see London Square Open Gardens
Huge thank you to all who came and to all our wonderful volunteers who helped to make our Chelsea Fringe music festival such a success!
Over 350 visitors came along to enjoy our musical entertainment in our ‘secret garden’, with music groups performing all afternoon throughout the garden and woodland. Bagels, home-made cakes, and drinks from the bar were much appreciated.
Bring your family and friends to our live musical celebration on Sunday 29 May, 2-6 pm in Olden Garden. Music includes an Irish/American string band, a swing ensemble, an English country dance band, the Central London Singers and Children-Make-Music.
We are celebrating the Chelsea Fringe Festival – the community festival of gardening.
Food and drink available
Entrance £5 (children 3-16 £1) Card/cash payment at the gate