Random Walks in Islington

Random Walks in Islington would create meeting points where the community could gather to work together, with areas for sharing or buying food, bok exchanges and other community-generated events.

This project would look for underused, adaptable spaces that could be transformed.

Street orchards.

Community forest garden.

Exchange areas.

A selection of random walks to choose from. Click on this image to reveal detail.

Location map.

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Random Walks in Islington

Even random spaces can be meaningful

This proposal focuses on approximately one square mile around Essex Road in Islington. Chosen because it is the smallest of the 32 London Boroughs and because it is ranked as the fourth most deprived area in the city, Islington has more than 12 existing walks along and around the canal that could be mapped and made available for community use.

New planting and signage would be used to highlight these routes and, where they break out into underused spaces, these would be designed to enable communal gardens and meeting points for people to gather and talk.

Areas for bartering, sharing or buying food, book exchanges and other community‐generated events would emerge as the proposal develops. The proposal offers a low-cost option for promoting local public engagement and community capacity building by making the most of the existing local area.


- Connectivity across the capital
- Transport



Submitted by

Esther Gerrard


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