Fiona and Beatrix

Fiona and Beatrix

Time for a break

Time for a break

Francois Wasselin

Hoe, Hoe, Hoe Francois Wasselin




The Friends of Canonbury Square,  have launched their website:   http://www.friendsofcanonburysquare.org.uk and Facebook page
(search@friendsofcanonburysquare). We are working together to put the sparkle back into our community square. Please like and share the Facebook page and feel free to send ideas and updates for the website. info@friendsofcanonburysquare.org.uk


Attached is a letter from Cadent to local residents outlining the work which is to begin shortly. Also attached are the layouts of the central area of the east side of the square.

Plan 1 and Plan 2


There was a great turn-out for the first-ever community gardening morning for the Friends of Canonbury Square on Saturday 21 July as neighbours and families gathered to weed, sweep and rake leaves. Fiona Mackenzie-Cardy of LBI Green Space gave some useful training in the safe use of tools to protect backs and joints,  as well as suggesting lots of ideas for the future. Watch this space.
We also gained entrance to the park gardeners' shed which is packed with garden tools, hose pipes and wheelbarrows -- everything we need for our gardening mornings.
Thanks to everyone of all ages for giving their time and putting some sparkle back in the square.
A special thanks to St Mary's Ward councillors Nurullah Turan and his children for their hard work sweeping and weeding; and to Angela Picknell for taking the time to come and meet us.
Thanks to Lynn for the delicious shortbread biscuits and many thanks to Obiorah who has been sleeping on a park bench since just before Christmas 2017 and helped us sweep the flagstones on the West side of the square.

Report anything that looks suspicious!

Islington's Greenspace team have provided contact numbers to ring if you see anything in the Canonbury Square parks that worries you, call Parks Patrol on 07970 893588. This is a two-person team with dogs that work during day-light hours and after-dark. They work closely with the police.You can also call the Anti-social Behaviour team on 0207 527 7272. This team works with Parks Patrol and typically deals with threatening and drunken behaviour.


The Canonbury Society is monitoring developments at the Highbury Corner roundabout. You are encouraged to share your views and experiences with Canonbury Ward Councillors:

Councillor Clare Jeapes clare.jeapes@islington.gov.uk

Councillor John Woolf John.Woolf@islington.gov.uk

Councillor Nick Wayne nick.wayne@islington.gov.uk

Canonbury heritage under siege by stone thieves

Read the tribute to Diane Brace in The Islington Tribune ISLINGTON LOCAL PLAN
You can also read the Guardian's obituary -

Islington Council has recently undertaken a consultation on its Local Plan Review. The Local Plan is the basis for all of Islington’s planning policies and decisions and usually covers a five year period.
Following the consultation, the council will submit in January 2018 an amended draft Local Plan and supporting documents for independent examination which takes place in May 2018. The Inspector’s report is received in October/November 2018 and it is anticipated that the Local Plan will be adopted by the full council within a couple of months from then.


You can download the most recent here. You might like to see the register of Listed Buildings for Canonbury and also the register of Local Listed Buildings. This register is mentioned in the newsletter.

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The Society thanks Petra Laidlaw for her photos of the birds on the New River.

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