Keir Starmer visited on Thursday 11th June to see the work which goes into the project which is celebrating its 30th birthday.
Camley Street Nature Park is a tiny gem is hidden away behind the glass and steel of St Pancras railway station.
Back in 1980’s it was no more than a derelict former coal drop where coal was loaded onto the Regents Park canal from the railways. Badly polluted, it had been abandoned for years.
Keir Starmer visited on Thursday 11th June to see the work which goes into the project which is celebrating its 30th birthday. Jacqui Stearn was the driving force behind the nature reserve there; “It all began with an act of trespass,” she explained.
It was not easy. But eventually, with the backing of Ken Livingstone and the Greater London Council, supported by Camden Council, the nature park came about.
From a single prefab, the park has expanded. Today it is enjoyed by people from across the borough. School children come and learn about nature on their doorstep, dipping in the ponds and identifying what they find.
London Wildlife Trust has big plans for the park. By 2017 it aims to raise enough funds to build a new visitors centre from which more of this unique reserve can be enjoyed.
Keir Starmer said “It was great to come along to see the great work Jacqui and her team put into this excellent project. I’d encourage local people to come by for a visit to help this scheme to continue to thrive for many more years to come.”
Want to visit?
Camley Street Natural Park is at 12 Camley Street, London N1C 4PW. Normal hours: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Telephone: 0207 833 2311