New photos reveal London’s oldest park after its transformation

Newly released images show what London’s oldest park will look like once the work being done to it has been completed.

Finsbury Circus Gardens is currently closed to the public for an improvement project.

It is only set to re-open later this year, but the City of London on Tuesday published photos which show how it is set to turn out.

The pictures show benches surrounding a circular lawn of grass, surrounded by flowers, with people sitting and walking in every part.

They also show huge trees closing the green space in from the surrounding city.

The City says the works will see “improved seating, pathways, and new areas of planting around the central lawn, introducing a wide range of species and habitats for birds, bees and bats”.

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Natural Environment Board, Caroline Haines, said: “Finsbury Circus Gardens will be transformed into a tranquil haven for people to relax and spend time outside.

The park will have new areas of planting around the lawn (City of London)
The park will have new areas of planting around the lawn (City of London)

“Not only are City open spaces hugely important for people's health and wellbeing, they also play a vital role by increasing the Square Mile’s resilience against climate change and enhancing biodiversity by creating habitats for a number of birds, butterflies, and insects.

“Investing in our public spaces is worth every penny and supports our vision for Destination City; making the Square Mile the ‘go-to’ place for visitors and workers from all over the world.”

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee, Graham Packham, added:

“With much of Finsbury Circus Gardens being out of action over the past decade for the construction of Crossrail, there is a real opportunity to improve and revitalise this space for future generations to enjoy.

“Projects like these show how the City Corporation is leading the way when it comes to creating a sustainable environment, encouraging economic growth, and making the Square Mile a vibrant and thriving place in which to work, live and explore.”