Inventory Site Record

Culpeper Community Garden (Islington)

Brief Description

Culpeper Community Garden is named after the C17th herbalist Nicholas Culpeper. It has been in existence since the 1980s and is situated adjacent to Culpeper Park, a small public park. The idea for the community garden arose in 1982 when Anthea Douglas, who was then teaching disadvantaged children, realised they needed a proper garden facility. She secured a grant from Islington Council before seeking out a suitable patch of derelict ground. The site she discovered was being considered for future development but as this was not scheduled to begin for some 10 years, it was agreed she could use it in the interim and it has been going ever since. Run on organic lines, the garden comprises a lawn, ponds, rose pergolas, ornamental beds, vegetable plots, seating and a wildlife area, with a greenhouse, small resource centre and tea hut for members. There are over 50 plots including raised beds for disabled gardeners, which provide small gardens for community groups, children, and for people living nearby without gardens. Tending the garden is a communal effort by garden members and volunteers.

Practical Information
Site location:
Dignum Street, off Cloudesley Road or entrance through Culpeper Park
N1 0EJ
What 3 Words:
Type of site:
Community Garden
Open to public?
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 10am-6pm (or dusk) Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend in the past.
Special conditions:
No dogs, no bicycles
Community building. The garden is fully wheelchair accessible.
Outings and events for members of the garden
Public transport:
Tube: Angel. Bus: 4, 19, 38, 43, 56, 73, 205, 214, 274, 394, 476
Research updated:
Last minor changes:

Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.culpeper.org.uk;

Full Site Description

Culpeper Community Garden has received numerous awards over the years, including an ‘Outstanding’ rating in the 2018 RHS ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ scheme. It has also received the RHS National Certificate of Distinction, has won Islington in Bloom's Best Community Garden category and received the additional Pattenden award for the best wildlife entry. The garden has a communal lawn, ponds, rose pergola, wildlife area and a dry garden, inspired by Beth Chatto as part of Islington’s climate-change adaptation strategy. Culpeper Community Garden works with disadvantaged community groups, provides a teaching resource to local primary schools and stages events and activities for members and locals.

Since 2014, Culpeper Community Garden has been protected under the Fields in Trust (FIT) Queen Elizabeth II Fields scheme. Building on the tradition of the King George V Fields, FIT marked the Diamond Jubilee of the late Queen by protecting a legacy of parks and green spaces throughout the UK in perpetuity. In all 1,392 spaces were protected including children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails, woodlands, nature reserves and coastal paths. Coinciding with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and extending into the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games this project, supported by Asda and the Asda Foundation, secured investment of £4 million into these spaces.

The community garden is run by and for local people, and is set up as a charity; anyone can become a member of the garden (£20 a year in 2022) which brings benefits such as outings, workshops, events, and reduced fees to hire the space.

Sources consulted:

Culpeper Community Garden | Fields in Trust ; Culpepper Garden (culpepperconnections.com)https://directory.islington.gov.uk/kb5/islington/directory/service.page?id=DxGV-w_HktQ&adultchannelnew=6

Further Information (Planning and Conservation)
Grid ref:
TQ311834 (531190,183479)
Size in hectares:
Site ownership:
LB Islington
Site management:
Culpeper Community Garden (charitable trust)
Listed structures:
On National Heritage List for England (NHLE), Parks & Gardens:

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:


Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
In Conservation Area:
Tree Preservation Order:
Nature Conservation Area:
Yes - Borough 2
Green Belt:
Metropolitan Open Land:
Special Policy Area:
Other LA designation:
Open Space, Development Management Policy DM6.3

Culpeper Community Garden

Culpeper Community Garden, June 2022. Photograph Sally Williams

Culpeper Community Garden, June 2022. Photograph Sally Williams
Culpeper Community Garden, June 2022. Photograph Sally Williams
Culpeper Community Garden, June 2022. Photograph Sally Williams
Culpeper Community Garden, June 2022. Photograph Sally Williams
Culpeper Community Garden with railings to adjacent Culpeper Park, June 2022. Photograph Sally Williams
Culpeper Community Garden, June 2022. Photograph Sally Williams

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