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Why our work is so important

TGC is based in Islington, the second most densely populated local authority in England and Wales. Only 13% of the borough’s land is green space, the second lowest proportion of any local authority in the country and an incredible 71% of residents have no direct access to a private garden (compared to a national average of 13%). Friends of the Earth describe this as a ‘nature deprived’ environment – which is why our work is essential.

We believe nature should be accessible to all, not just for it’s multiple human benefits but more importantly so that everyone learns to respect and protect the natural world.

I gained a sense of community and giving back because I think everyone that comes into the space will feel it’s worth coming. I also like learning about new plants and enjoying the lovely sunshine. Since I’ve been coming, I’ve really enjoyed the sessions, meeting new people and the camaraderie, the cups of tea and chats with the regulars. Molly and Lizzy’s friendliness and knowledge. I can’t emphasise enough – it does wonders for my wellbeing

(Jenny, volunteer gardener on Newington Green)

The difference we make

Over the 22-23 academic year we:

  • Welcomed 27,340 (non-unique) visitors across 1,156 sessions
  • Upgraded parks and public gardens across Islington improving public realm greenspace and increasing biodiversity
  • Worked with 20% of Islington’s schools providing high quality outdoor nature connection experiences to local children in local parks
  • Ran programmes for old and young for the isolated and the vulnerable.
  • We are proud that our work helps every part of our community

It has been transformative for this group of children. We saw them grow in resilience, responsibility, and dexterity, doing all the activities outdoors. But most importantly, they had fun. They were outdoors in the world doing things they had never done before. They loved it!

Claire Brown, Winton School Head Teacher.

  • Council for Learning Outside the Classroom Award
  • Campaigning for Brilliant Residuals
  • Winner School Travel Awards