Catherine’s Posts

June 1, 2022

One of the joys of working on the Parks for Health project (and there were many) was feeling part of a team. The respect for each other of the Camden and Islington green spaces officers, their public health colleagues and partners from the VCSE and health sectors was manifest from the outset. Partly this was

December 10, 2021

One of the most powerful ideas to emerge from Future Parks Accelerator initiative Parks for Health is the transformative potential of ‘Yes’. If permission not prohibition becomes the default position, what would this mean for local residents? How could saying ‘yes’ help achieve the vision of Camden and Islington’s parks as welcoming, happy and healthy

July 28, 2021

In his pamphlet on air pollution in London (Fumifugium, 1661), diarist and gardener John Evelyn proposed gardens, nurseries and fragrant planting to provide health, profit and beauty for the city. By the late 18th century, William Pitt the Elder is believed to have first described parks, even then at risk of development, as ‘the lungs