(Photo: Colin Wing)
Arvon Road Allotments Group was started in the late 1970s by residents from the nearby Ronalds Road Housing Action Area. Using funds from the Greater London Council (GLC) and Islington Council's 'Operation Clean Up', they created allotments from the then GLC-owned, disused land at the Arvon Road site.
The allotments adjoin the railway freight line which runs from Finsbury Park to Liverpool Street. The group has, over time, shored up and terraced the land so that it now provides 31 allotments for people living in the immediate surrounding area. The design of the allotments is noteworthy as it is terraced down to the railway line - access from the top tier to the terraced area only possible in most areas by climbing down ladders.
There is also a small mixed woodland, which is part of the Drayton Park and Olden Gardens Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, and a small pond. The site has strong community links to the streets around it (Horsell Road, Benwell Road, Drayton Park to Whistler Street, Framfield, Battledean and Arvon Road). It has historical significance as it was created by GLC funding in the 1970s and has always been independently managed and self-funded.