Creating a permanent new green space in the Cally

Visitors to Freeling Green in 2019

Greening the Cally is the key goal of Cultivating Cally because giving access to nature has many health and well-being benefits for local residents and visitors walking through the area.

Cultivating Cally’s pop-up Freeling Street Pocket Park was one of the great successes of the 2019 Cally Festival.  The idea of creating a permanent pop-up park came from the community last year when the project team and Islington Play Association were reviewing the festival.

The positive response and enthusiasm for the health and well-being space created in the Freeling Street square was a highlight of the festival and a bid was made for some money from the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund. Cultivating Cally won the bid with the support from festival sponsors and local Councillors.

Now funding is secured, Freeling Street Pocket Park can become a permanent feature. The new public space will be there for everyone to enjoy for years to come but why would they stop there? Going further Cultivating Cally can link Bingfield Park with Thornhill Square, taking in the West Library, Jean Stokes Community Centre, the nursery and the Cally High Street.

Please visit and send in your ideas for the Freeling Street Pocket Park and surrounding area, join their email list and get ready to get out and about as soon as we can.

If you would like a printed pack to design your own park, you can request a pack by emailing

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