We have realised that we have not yet visited Islington’s flagship nature park, Gillespie Park, right on our doorstep. There are several smallish meadows, with areas of woodland, generally varied habitat as befits a nature reserve. We expect that the Park will be looking very floriforous in early June, in particular the lupins will be in flower in one of the meadows, and there should also be highly visible ox-eye daisies and wild carrot in bloom, as well as many other wildflowers, dog roses, etc. The Park has several ponds, with bridges, so an opportunity to paint reflections. Lots of details, including a map of the Park, can be found here
We will meet at 11 o’clock, when we will be greeted by a member of the Ecology Centre’s staff. (So it would be good if we made it by 11!) The Islington Ecology Centre is close to the Drayton Park entrance, and contains within it the all-important lavatories. The Park has various access points: Drayton Park, Gillespie Road, Quill Street and Seven Sisters Road. The nearest tube station is Arsenal, but Finsbury Park is close to the northern extremity of the Park. Drayton Park overground station is also close. The following buses go reasonably close: 4, 19, 236.
There is no catering in the Ecology Centre, so you will need to bring your picnic lunch. If the weather is nice, we can all eat together out in the fields somewhere. If the weather is not good, we have decided to go on to Blighty Coffee, which is a cafe on the Blackstock Road up near Finsbury Park Station. (Address: 35-37 Blackstock Road, N4 2JF). Its interior bristles with things to draw, with a British wartime emphasis. A good series of photos can be seen here It also has good reports of its coffee and catering.
We suggest that you bring your sketching stools, as there are seats around but not necessarily where you want them, and we look forward to seeing everyone. Sue’s telephone number for the day is: 07975 864142.