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This week, the Cuckooz team has continued to explore the surroundings of our upcoming King’s Cross development, scouting the best things to see and do in the area.
Our little field trip revolved around the theme of nature meets urban, with a spotlight on two of King’s Cross’ hidden gems: the Skip Garden & Kitchen and the Camley Street Natural Park.
The Skip Garden, King’s Cross edible utopia, is an epitome of sustainability and local living. Originating as an initially moveable vegetable garden growing in, as you might have guessed, skips, King’s Cross natural garden has expanded into a full-fledged community project, with volunteering opportunities for the local youth. The project has behind it the work of hundreds of people of all ages and backgrounds, the effort being supported by all recycled materials. If you admire this effort as much as we do, you’re more than welcome to partake in one of the regular hands-on workshops or some twilight gardening, but our favourite activity to do on-site is sampling the locally grown food, prepared daily in the Skip Garden Kitchen. The communal dining style remains true to the unifying spirit, as you’re invited to chat away with your fellow diners among all the cranes.
So if you’re looking for something a little different, we recommend spending an afternoon getting to the literal roots of your food by supporting this inspirational project, and, why not, even lending a hand!
Being a stone’s throw away from King’s Cross wild swimming pond, you can extend your exploration of the area a stroll through its urban nature reserve right on the banks of Regent’s Canal. Ponds, meadows and woodlands are yours to explore, with opportunities for events such as pond-dipping and nature-watching sessions on the schedule. In the thirty-something years since, the park has accumulated a range of amphibians and aquatic birds. Besides the pond, one of the other central attractions is the viewing platform, marking the juxtaposition of urban architecture and nature, and offering a nice spot to sit back and enjoy the views.
As one of the main functions of the Reserve is educational, this hidden gem provides a fantastic opportunity for a family outing as there is an on-going programme to give children the opportunity to examine nature up close, a rare find for a city like London.
The Skip Garden is open Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10.00 – 4.00
The Camley Street Natural Park is open daily, 10.00-05.00