First Darwin Trail in London

From The Charles Darwin Trust:

Working with The Garden Classroom and the London Borough of Islington’s Parks and Open Spaces Department, The Charles Darwin Trust developed the Darwin Trail around Caledonian Park in Islington. The trail takes visitors around the park in a tangible engagement with the natural world around them and is the first Darwin trail in the UK with urban ecology at its core. Randal Keynes, a Charles Darwin Trust trustee, gave an opening address at the launch on 6 July 2010.

Now this image was posted on Flickr today:

”][ Darwin Plaque Vandalised in Cally Park :(( ]That’s one of ten slate markers on the trail – vandalized. I rather hope it was just adolescents screwing around than some anti-evolutionist trying to make a statement.

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  1. ‘Mindless’ vandals smash slates dedicated to memory of Charles Darwin

    Published: 17 September, 2010
    by RÓISÍN GADELRAB

    IT was supposed to inspire youngsters to learn from the father of evolution but this week one of the slate milestones on the Cally Park Darwin Trail was discovered cracked and broken.

    The Darwin Trail, which was unveiled in Caledonian Park last year by Charles Darwin’s great-great grandson Randal Keynes, who lives in Islington, was designed to show visitors the continuing relevance of the naturalist’s work.

    But on Tuesday photographer David Kelly discovered one of the trail’s 10 slate markers lying smashed and forlorn in the undergrowth. Others had traces of kick marks.

    The broken marker bore the quote: “The winter of 1854-5 destroyed four-fifths of the birds in my own grounds.”

    Although Mr Darwin lived in Kent, the bird reference is particularly significant to Islington.

    Mr Kelly has reported the damage to Islington Council, said: “It’s very disappointing when you get vandalism around creative and interesting projects. It’s there to teach people about the park, Darwin and nature.”

    A council spokeswoman said staff had begun to repair the damage yesterday (Thursday), adding: “It is clear that attempts have been made to damage every single one of the markers but fortunately in most cases they have not succeeded.

    “These are slate markers with steel fixings and would need a considerable amount of force applied to them to cause this level of damage.”

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