The Paddock

Tottenham Hale contains a great variety of open spaces, from local park and play features to regionally important natural landscapes.

At The Paddock, Haringey Council is working with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Friends Group to transform the site from an underused and overgrown space into a welcoming local nature reserve through new management arrangements and a programme of physical improvements.

You can find out more detailed information about the project by visiting the Paddock improvements Commonplace website (external link).

Proposed master plan

Following feedback from previous consultations and the community, the focus of the master plan is on improving accessibility and protecting the different habitats across the site.

This includes:

  • planting and ecological enhancement
  • improving pathways
  • more information and signage
  • improving visibility and sightlines
  • new facilities such as a visitor centre (with toilets and educational classroom), riverside hide, viewing platform, and seating

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Japanese knotweed treatment

The Paddock has several infestations of Japanese knotweed, an invasive plant that can dominate habitats and is difficult to control.

We have commissioned specialist site investigations to assess the impact of the Japanese knotweed and have found that:

  • the raised ground within The Paddock is contaminated with asbestos fibres that are very difficult to remove. This poses no current risks but could present a hazard to human health if disturbed
  • a large volume of the Japanese knotweed has established root rhizomes within the asbestos fibres which means that disturbing the underground Japanese Knotweed rhizome is not safe and these areas must be treated in situ
  • the recommended action, in line with industry-standard practice, is to cap the contaminated ground with membranes and imported soil once the above-ground Japanese Knotweed is cut back.

While capping provides an effective solution there are limitations and long-term management considerations:

  • The capping process needs to encapsulate the entire root rhizome underground and provide a buffer. This means clearing a 7-metre perimeter from the centre of the infestation which will initially leave a large bare area
  • In order to restrain the Japanese knotweed, the membrane surrounding the rhizome must be protected from damage. Therefore any vegetation with extensive and deep root systems must be removed to the furthest perimeter and no deep rooting species be planted in the future, e.g. trees

You can read more about our proposals to treat Japanese knotweed at the Paddock on our Paddock Improvements Commonplace Website (external link).

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Page last updated:

January 11, 2023