Adaptive Wood Green

Haringey Council has been awarded a grant of £1.2 million from the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund and Accelerator Fund and £794,000 from Haringey Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy (SCIL) for a set of projects called ‘Adaptive Wood Green.’

The projects include:

  • Three School Streets - Noel Park Primary, Alexandra Primary and St Paul’s Primary schools 
  • Mayes Road Phase 2 – building on work completed as part of Mayes Corner Pocket Park
  • Improvements to Caxton Gardens and neighbouring roads
  • Enhancements to Wood Green Common and Barratt Gardens

This new set of projects build on the work already undertaken as part of Connecting Wood Green to improve connectivity and the public realm throughout the area.

The schemes aim to tackle air quality, promote walking and cycling to school, encourage a modal shift and improve ecology, biodiversity and the facilities on offer within the green spaces.

School Streets 

Haringey School Street logo

The Wood Green School Streets are part of a wider programme which aims to deliver School Streets outside primary schools in Haringey. The first School Streets in Wood Green will develop our learning to deliver other School Streets with maximum air quality impact.

The creation of ‘clearway pathways’ connecting schools with the High Street and local shops and provide an opportunity to improve pedestrian links. Creating new safe, active travel routes, reducing exposure to air pollution, as well as supporting the local economy, civic and cultural activities.

As part of the School Streets project, 1 permanent air quality monitoring station has been placed on Wood Green High Road and 2 temporary monitors have been installed on Western Road and Vincent Road at the junction of Gladstone Avenue to analyse the impact on air quality as part of the project.

Read more about School Streets in Haringey.

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 Mayes Road Phase 2

Following the successful completion of the Mayes Corner Pocket Park in partnership with local community group Parkside Malvern Resident Association, funding has been secured to deliver further improvements to Mayes Corner.

The works will include improved footways, sustainable drainage and enhancing cycling connections. 

Mayes Road Phase 2

Image: Completed Mayes Corner Pocket Park

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Caxton Gardens

Caxton Gardens is outside Tower Terrace and adjacent to Mayes Road and Station Road. The aim is to improve this area of soft landscaping and its functionality and the adjacent public realm of Station Road, Tower Terrace and Mayes Road. 

The aim of this project is to enhance accessibility, walking, cycling and improve the open space and make it more usable and ‘playable’. 

The scheme will improve east/west links from the High Road through to the Cultural Quarter and continue to provide a link to schemes such as Penstock Tunnel and on-going works to Mayes Road. 

The project will also help link the School Streets being developed for Alexandra Primary School on Western Road and St Paul’s Primary School on Bradley Road and Barratt Avenue as well as improving connections to Wood Green Common and Barratt Gardens.

Image: Caxton Gardens by Parkland Road and Tower Terrace

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Wood Green Common and Barratt Gardens

Together Wood Green Common and Barratt Gardens form a gateway into Wood Green and are important to the character of the area.

The spaces also provide important amenity value and Alexandra Park and St Paul’s Primary Schools both use Wood Green Common for sports and Barratt Gardens for recreation.

The projects aim to improve and increase biodiversity with the open space, incorporate leisure facilities and sustainable drainage systems, promote community growing/planting opportunities, improve the play area in the Common and promote Barratt Gardens and Wood Green Common as a meeting and social space.

The project will also link into improvements underway for the adjacent school streets and enhancements to Caxton Gardens.

Barrat Gardens

Image: Entrance to Barratt Gardens at Junction of Western Road.

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Get involved

Wood Green Common and Caxton Gardens Masterplan

We want to improve Wood Green Common and Caxton Gardens but we can't do this without you. How would you enhance the spaces? Share your views with us on the following themes:

The Sporty Social 
Ideas for making the Common a place for sport, play and socialising, for all ages and for all needs.

Connect with Nature, Connect with Life
Nature based solutions that help address flooding, air pollution and increase biodiversity as a playable landscape for everyone.

Ways in and Welcome
How to make the common a place where people feel safe, which they can easily access and where there is something for everyone when they get there.

Please take a look at the exhibition boards which give more detail on these themes.

If you would like to give feedback or have questions about this project, please email us at

On 20 October, we invited residents and other neighbours to meet their appointed designers muf architecture/art and share ideas for how funding to improve Wood Green Common and Caxton Gardens should be spent to create better green space for people and promote biodiversity.

muf prepared illustrations to show the first ideas we have had from local people.

People were invited to fill in a survey and to tell us what they did and didn’t want to see on the common. We also had conversations with people. Below are some of our findings. 

  • 22 people said they wanted less pollution
  • 18 people said they wanted more trees
  • 14 People said they wanted a toilet on the common
  • 30 people said they wanted to see play equipment for older children
  • 19 people said they wanted to see wildlife on the common

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Page last updated:

November 22, 2021