Adapting to the times

Katy Hawkins, 03 April 2020

Dear Finsbury Park People

We hope you’re all doing as well as can be during this difficult time.

We hope also, for those who are able, that you’re enjoying Finsbury Park in the Springtime during daily excursions – and to keep your spirits up we've reproduced Kimi Gill's beautiful picture of the park taken specially for last year's heritage exhibition.

Currently mid-way through our People and Heritage programme, we are understandably having to pause some of the elements - but with others we’re looking to move forward in COVID-friendly ways.

This is set to include:

  • an online exhibition of park heritage stories, to follow and build on last year’s,
  • a series of online Safe Space workshops, along with postable packs

We will be posting an update with more information as soon as the details are confirmed.

In the meantime, we have been working with Hugh Dames to create an Adventure Learning pack for children (supporting Teaching and Learning across KS1 + KS2) and families.

You can access the resource here.

The resource pack includes all kinds of things including how to make a compass, creative activities like bark rubbing, and lots of resources to support your tree and bird IDing skills.
The resource brings together a lot of what we have been sharing (such as this blog) during Adventure learning sessions we have been running for local school children in the park.

We hope you can use some of what is contained to keep you learning, entertained and distracted during this time.

We are currently working on an exciting follow up resource pack on growing, which we will be sharing soon.

As for other strands of our programme:

We will move forward with our plans to create a LIDAR scan of Finsbury Park – including of the incredible underground Victorian reservoir – once we are back up and running. And when it is all safe to do so, we intend to host a real-life version of our exhibition, in the park itself.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions.

Thank you and keep safe!

2NQ Team

You can contact Katy by email here.