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Friends group targets fun in the park

Friends of Rosemary Gardens community group are aiming to keep the green space in Canonbury safe

10 August, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Mayor of Islington David Poyser with young archers

ROSEMARY Gardens has hosted its first annual fun day in response to violence in the park earlier this year.

Since a stabbing and fight in the park in April, locals have created a Friends of Rosemary Gardens community group to help keep the Canonbury green space safe.

Ann Bradford, one of the founders of the Friends, said: “Rosemary Gardens is such a great, thriving space with so much to do for everyone. We want to make sure it stays that way.

“There is no place in this park for anti-social behaviour.”

Saturday’s free fun day gave residents the chance to try yoga, plant potting, archery and table tennis. Mayor of Islington David Poyser had a go on the climbing wall.

The event was organised by the Town Hall and cost about £2,000.

Claire Morris, a Southgate Road resident, said it was hoped eventually to organise activities in the park throughout the year.

“Since April, there’s been a lot that’s happened already, the hedges have been cut back, the council has looked at where CCTV is going, local charities have come to do outreach,” she said.

“There hasn’t been any repetition of these incidents. It’s about us all keeping engaged and active.”

The group is looking for recruits, who should contact

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