Melissa Garden Bee Sanctuary
This very small garden is adjacent to the Union Chapel, which was first built in 1809. Its enclosed and unique feel is due to the Victorian Gothic church tower, a landmark in the local area, which overshadows the garden.
The Melissa Garden Bee Sanctuary (Melissa being the ancient Greek word for 'bee') was established by a local educational charity, New Acropolis Cultural Association, built and maintained by volunteers. It was established in 2012 to create a space for bees, not with a view to harvesting the honey, but to give the bees a protected home.
The most recent addition to the garden design is an alchemical-themed living wall incorporating some medicinal plants.
Garden Maintenance Manager:
- Saturday 10:00–17:00
+ Sunday 10:00–17:00
- Guides are on hand (and literature available) to provide information about bees, their behaviour and the threats to their survival (hence the need for bee sanctuaries) - interesting for adults and children alike. Refreshments (tea, real coffee, home-made cakes) on sale.
19 Compton Terrace, via side gate
Nearest postcode: N1 2UN
- 4, 19, 30, 43, 271
- Highbury & Islington
- Toilet on site.
- While most of the access is level, there is a step leading down into the garden bridged with a ramp. The entrance door is not very wide (82cm), so may be difficult for wheelchair users.
- Dogs on leads