A greener neighbourhood in 2022?

John Miles

Jayshree and Eugene bagging up, Dorothy with her back turned
Jayshree and Eugene bagging up, Dorothy with her back turned

Eight of us got out before the rain last Saturday. We cut back a lot of growth at the Lavender Garden ready for winter. Most of what we cleared has now gone down for composting. There’s a bit more underhand to come off the olive trees. And we’re considering taking out the lavender from one quadrant and replanting in the spring. But it’s still a pretty lively garden, with plenty of colour. And it’s got through yet another year with virtually no watering. Adapting – rather by accident – to the climate crisis and saving us a good deal of labour in the process. 

There’s a chance to talk over these and many other issues at the upcoming AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday October 20th. We’ve at last drafted our position statement on the traffic management strategy for Hornsey Park and we’ll be presenting it at the meeting. After last year’s successful petition we again need local support to persuade Haringey to take proper notice of all our demands. 

One big question concerns the extent of development in Wood Green proposed by Haringey to meet the requirements of the London Plan. What cities need is more vegetation not concrete. London suffers as an ‘urban heat island’. Concentrating more buildings into Wood Green will make the problem worse – and without doing much about homelessness or people living precariously in Haringey. And it’s not just planting street trees. Recent research suggests we need to preserve and extend actual urban woodlands. That means it would have been far better to keep the gas-works site as tree scrub and allow it to develop naturally – a lot of time, money and noise could have been saved if they’d just widened and straightened Mary Neuner Road and opened up the Moselle Brook. Meanwhile it’s clear that residents provide a massive share of the borough’s tree cover in our own private gardens. So it’s good news that Haringey Deputy Leader and Councillor, Mike Hakata, is proposing a Haringey Urban Forest - and taking an interest in dangerous driving and in the proposed cycle route through Mayes Corner as well.  

A good mulch ready for sifting
A good mulch ready for sifting

Lastly, if you want to learn about composting and how we run a comprehensive system in a Hornsey park back garden look out for my Saturday morning open-air come-rain-or-shine question-and-answer session at Mayes Corner before the end of the year!

https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2020AV000303

https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/parks-green-spaces-and-biodiversity/trees-and-woodlands/tree-canopy-cover-map

https://twitter.com/mikehakata?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

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