Wood Green is green
- Greening Wood Green
- Wood Green design guidance
- Ducketts Common improvements
- Westbury Banks Nature Reserve
- Wood Green Library Garden
- Enhancing Crescent Garden
- Penstock Tunnel
- Wolves Lane Nursery
- Community Parklet
Haringey Council and our partners are investing in making our places better so our communities can live healthy lives, work and play.
The quality of the local environment is very important to the community and it is the reason that many people live here. We want Wood Green to be a place where everyone can access the green and open spaces, where people are active and live longer, healthier lives and a place where people feel safe and secure in their own homes and neighbourhoods.
Wood Green has an incredibly strong community of residents and business who are committed to improving the area, these include Future Wood Green and GrowN22, Parkside Malvern Residents Association and the Wolves Lane Centre, amongst others.
Haringey Council have also secured funding to deliver improvements along the routes connecting Station Road, the High Road and the area around the Chocolate Factory and Coburg Road. Work will include the refurbishment of the entrance to Alexandra Park at the Penstock Tunnel and investment in green infrastructure, public realm, public art, lighting and signage in various locations.
Over the past few months resident groups, businesses and charities have been coming up with project ideas to improve Wood Green and help it go greener.
The council has commissioned muf Architecture/Art to meet with groups and understand how their work can inform the design guidance the council has asked muf to produce. A project manual will offer broad guidelines for the area and suggest what materials to use and how to make the most of the buildings, roads and open spaces but also ask bigger questions connected to the environment and how to improve the quality of peoples’ lives in our area.
muf co-founder, Katherine Clarke said:
“It is obvious that people here want Wood Green to be greener and that’s a real challenge given the lack of space for greenery. So, the design guidance is a piece of the jigsaw that aims to show how you can do smallscale, grassroots change.”
Once Katherine and her team have a comprehensive list of worthwhile projects to improve our area, the plan is for a shortlist to be drawn up and locals to give their feedback about which projects should be delivered.
Projects include: making the most of the New River for recreation, education and biodiversity, creating ‘insect corridors’ (to help protect bees, butterflies and moths), and bringing more greenery to the area outside the library.
But there are a host of other project suggestions aimed at improving the quality of life for people in Wood Green.
“For example, there’s one to improve the diagonal crossing by the tube station as we’ve been told the crossing time is not long enough for people with disabilities to use.”
If you have an idea and would like to give your feedback contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Haringey Council have been working with the Friends of Ducketts Common to improve the green and open space at Turnpike Lane.
The boundary railings and main entrance archway have been repainted and railings at the northern edge realigned. The path is being patch repaired and upgraded bins and benches have been installed.
To make the space more cycling friendly, a contra-flow cycling scheme for Hampden Road has been created, with a new raised table and entrance improvements to the Common at the Hampden Road/Willoughby Road junction.
The council is also working with owners of the Roj Café kiosk to deliver an extension to the kiosk to create an indoor seating area and toilet. This will allow customers to sit and enjoy food and drink from the café all year round, and help to activate the north end of the Common.
Over the past couple of years, social enterprise company GrowN22 and volunteers from the community have worked hard to create the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve. Just off the busy Westbury Road in Wood Green it’s 150 metres long and comprises four different banks boasting a variety of plants, a walkway, a rockery, a pond and bug hotels, with much more to come.
Project manager Luke Newcombe of GrowN22 said:
“The possibilities are endless. Before we came along it was pretty much a jungle and the amount of fly-tipping here was just unbelievable - we cleared out three tonnes’ worth! Two years on and we’ve done all this work and have created a great log staircase for people to walk down into the reserve.”
The reserve is a Noel Park Big Local initiative managed by GrowN22. The Noel Park community was given money to celebrate what is great about Noel Park so residents decided to provide the initial funding for Grow N22 to start work on the reserve.
- To find out more or volunteer visit the Grow N22 website (external link)
Future Wood Green, Wood Green’s Business Improvement District (BID), has been awarded funding through the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund Community Grant Scheme to transform the front of the Library area on the High Road. Working with the council, the BID submitted an application for funding to create a new community garden outside Wood Green Library.
The idea for this project came from feedback from both businesses and the public. Both felt the planters outside the Library could be significantly improved… and now they will be!
The BID is partnering with local social Enterprise Grow N22 to create this new green space.
Major landscape improvements for Crescent Gardens the greenspace on the High Road, opposite the Civic Centre have been completed.
In the improved park there are a series of ‘rain gardens’ to collect run-off from the adjacent roads, Sustainable urban Drainage Systems (SuDS) in the form of circular basin features, swales (open drainage channels) to carry water between the basin and rain gardens and new tree planting and meadow style planting.
Alongside reducing the risk of flooding, these improvements will help enhance bio-diversity, prevent both air and water pollution and re-invigorate the park space for people of all ages to explore and enjoy.
These improvements were completed in March 2019.
Penstock Tunnel sits under the Great North Eastern Railway line, and together with the pathways at each end of the tunnel, connects Alexandra Park and Wood Green Cultural Quarter. Currently, the tunnel suffers from water ingress, and the pathways at either end feel unsafe and unattractive.
Haringey Council are working with specialist designers We Made That to improve the tunnel and its entrances and approaches to draw people into the heart of Wood Green from the west of the borough. Potential improvements include drainage, signage, lighting, landscaping along with integrated delivery of artwork as part of the project. For more information visit the dedicated Penstock Tunnel improvements webpage.
Volunteers are helping transform an old nursery and garden centre into a thriving community food hub and local attraction.
The Wolves Lane Centre in Wood Green is an impressive complex of glasshouses and outdoor growing space dating back to the 1960s. Two years ago it was taken over by a coalition dedicated to restoring the centre with an ambition to making it a hub for growing and distributing food. As a result, it now houses various sustainable businesses such as Edible London but, more than this, there are plans to restore the Palm House, cactus house and café as visitor attractions. “The potential is endless,” said retired botanist and Wolves Lane volunteer, Pamela Harling.
Pamela is one of a green-fingered army of volunteers who help with the maintenance and restoration.
Well done to Parkside Malvern Residents Association for bringing forward a squirrel mural in Martins Walk.
The mural was designed by artist Krishna Malla. You’d be ‘nuts’ not to go and see it!
GrowN22 C.I.C. in partnership with Haringey Council are delighted to announce the creation of Haringey’s first community Parklet, coming to Noel Park in late 2021, after being awarded £25,000 to spend on the project by the Mayor of London’s Grow Back Greener Fund.
GrowN22 and Haringey Council have appointed Jan Kattein Architects to fulfil the community’s vision of The Gladstone Parklet.
Situated on Gladstone Avenue opposite Noel Park Primary School, ‘Parklet One: The Gladstone Parklet’ will transform ’a currently disused grey space into a green hub where members of the community can learn new skills, enjoy nature and get to know one another. The Gladstone Parklet will be an example of how nature can be brought into the daily lives of all Londoners.
More information coming soon.
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