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Maybe ‘Highbury Fields’ is something of a misnomer. It is the trees which characterise this much loved park. Trees define the features of the Fields, embracing them and providing an ever changing back-drop.


Islington Council is one of the few London local authorities to adopt a tree policy. Others will no doubt follow suit, recognising that trees are a vital factor in the survival of our cities.


In September 2008, to set the pace for the Council’s tree policy, we produced, in collaboration with Highbury Community Association, HIGHBURY FIELDS TREES.  This is a fully illustrated booklet looking at how the trees on the Fields should be managed and protected. You can download or view this document here:




 One of our members has produced a booklet which describes the history of the London Plane tree; its value to our park and its characteristics. You can download or view this document here:



Recently there has been a move to attach a monetary value to trees and parks. The purpose is not to set a price for development but to make local councils aware of the value of their assets. CABE Space has valued Highbury Fields at £53m.  Traditionally the Council has written down the value of the Fields as just £1.

The valuation can be seen at the CABE Space website.

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