For one very special weekend this June, over 200 green spaces – many usually closed to the public – will open their gates for public enjoyment and discovery. With the purchase of a Weekend ticket, you can explore London’s urban gardens, and enjoy a host of activities and experiences for all the family.
Saturday 9th June 1pm to 2.30pm – Botanical ID Walk led by Joan Yeadon:
Learn about Abney’s diverse array of plants, their history and their uses. How they arrived at Abney and why.
Sunday 10th June 11am to 12pm – Butterfly and Moth Walk led by Geographer and urban field ecologist Matthew Gandy:
Abney Park is one of the best sites for biodiversity in inner London and has a third of the UK’s species of butterflies, as well as hundreds of
species of moths. The butterflies we can expect to see include the
Speckled Wood, and if we are very lucky, the White-letter Hairstreak.
Matthew is author of the book _Moth_, published by Reaktion, and you can also visit his website Lepidoptera Gallery.
Sunday 10th June 2pm to 3.30pm – An Historical tour of Abney Park led by John Baldock:
Find out more about Abney Park’s history as a Garden Cemetery, including some of the original trees planted in 1840 and Isaac Watts ‘The Father of English Hymondy’. Step inside the oldest Non-Conformist chapel still standing in Europe. Discover a lion tamer, a hot-air balloonist, and the very first burial.
For all Open Squares Garden Weekend events:
Please arrive at the main gates on Stoke Newington High St
Suitable for all ages
Donations welcome (suggested £5)
For more information:
020 7275 7557