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New mayor gets the wildlife bug at Gillespie Park

26 May, 2017 — By Koos Couvée

Islington’s new mayor, Cllr Una O’Halloran, joins in the fun with children at Gillespie Park nature reserve

THE new mayor of Islington said she felt “enriched” after joining hundreds of people during a celebration of spring in Gillespie Park.

The nature reserve, one of three in the borough, is a haven for wildlife close to the Finsbury Park railway tracks and is home to 240 different kinds of plants and 94 bird species.

Visitors last Sunday enjoyed a bug hunt, pond-dipping, live music and a penalty shoot-out with Arsenal staff.

Some 500 people attended and Islington’s mayor, Councillor Una O’Halloran, got up close to the bees under the watchful eye of beekeeper Peter Buckoke.

The mayor also took part in pond-dipping” with families – the park’s pond is teeming with tadpoles, newts, and other pond-life at this time of year.

Cllr O’Halloran said: “It was enriching to seeing so many families from across our community come together, in one of our beautiful parks, to discover, play, and celebrate the spring season as it transforms our borough.

“Thank you to everyone who joined us on the day and to our fantastic Greenspace team for putting on a wonderful event.”

The event was organised by the Friends of Gillespie Park and Islington Council.

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