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Gardens have become an oasis for the inner-city

15 May, 2020

Three mistle thrushes about to fledge in Thornhill Gardens

• SINCE a group of volunteers was formed to improve Thornhill Gardens, what was once dowdy and overgrown has been transformed into an inner-city oasis.

They aerated the top grassed area, spread four tons of sand and changed it into a smart lawn where a pair of thrushes have been hunting to feed their hungry offspring.

Two tons of compost and another two of sand have been dug into the flowerbeds. A bug hotel has been formed, shrubs cut back and views of the war memorial opened up.

With donations of both money and plants, the gardens have blossomed.

None of this would have been possible without the enthusiastic support of Islington Council and Cllr Rowena Champion, executive member for environment and transport, herself a volunteer, as well as officer Bhupesh Thapa.

“It has been a joy watching the thrushes hunting on our new lawn and the fledglings are the icing on the cake” said volunteer Jenny Tatton.

Regular visitors to the gardens include long-tailed tits, wrens and parakeets. The latest arrivals are migrating swifts from Africa whose calls can be heard as they hunt overhead, particularly in the early morning and in the evening.

More information about the gardens including its history and volunteering can be found on noticeboards there.

Dog owners using the gardens are respectfully reminded to keep dogs on leads in accordance with government guidance during the pandemic.

WILLIAM TAYLOR
Malvern Terrace, N1

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