Whittington Park, LB Islington

The Brief:  Whittington Park in Holloway, North London, is a popular local park with impressive sports and community facilities.  London Borough of Islington wanted to create a wildflower meadow, natural pond and plant up a swirling bedding scheme to the rear of the park close to a new sustainably built sports hall. The council wanted the scheme to be wildlife friendly and to be attract a range of species as well as natural and beautiful to look at.

The pond before clearing and planting with native species

Swirling beds with bare meadow area in the background

 

Planting Scheme:  It was important that the meadow and pond be planted exclusively with native species to create natural features with a national biodiverse identity.  The beds were laid out in a contemporary swirling form and it was not inappropriate to plant these with a range of native and non native species.  The main criteria with the beds was that the species planted provided wildlife value through ground cover, seasonal interest and abundant nectar.

The planting plan for the larger bed 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The planting plan for the smaller bed

 

 

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The smaller bed soon after planting

A newly planted bed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beds will develop over the coming seasons but they settled in well and were soon buzzing with lots of wildlife! The meadow and pond will take longer to establish but will soon be thriving wildlife havens too.

 

The beds established quickly

 

The beds established quickly