Surrounded on two sides by water, the Paddock provides an important refuge for water birds and other aquatic animals and plants.
The wilderness area in the centre of the Paddock has grown naturally to form young woodland and scrub dominated by elder, willow and blackberry, providing a valuable site for various animals.
The Paddock is one of 60 sites of importance for nature conservation within the London Borough of Haringey. These sites provide a valuable habitat for wildlife and the opportunity for people to experience, learn about and enjoy the natural environment.
Until the mid 19th century the Paddock formed the northern half of the Mill Mead water meadow, part of common land that supplied grain to the neighbouring Tottenham Mill.
After World War I the area was used as a sports ground, owned by the nearby Harris Lebus furniture factory. After the factory closed the land became largely derelict but was occasionally used to graze horses hence the 'Paddock' name. The site was opened as a Community Nature Park in 2000.
In 2010 the Paddock was submitted for a Green Pennant Award. To view an interpretation board containing more information on what can be found in the Paddock, please see the attached files section below.
For further information about the Paddock or any other open space in the borough please submit a enquiry using our park e-form.
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Park opening and closing times
Our parks are opened at dawn and locked at dusk. These times change depending on the time of year so for more detailed closing times please see our Approximate Park Locking Times (Word, 55KB)