Things are coming together nicely at 'Mayes Corner ', phase 1 of our Mayes Road linear pocket park, a collaboration between PMRA, Hornsey Park’s community gardeners, Haringey Council and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
The stepping stones path is now open but there’s much more to come - the attached update covers what we still have to do. And do let us know what you think - we're happy to consider any ideas for more things to make the space attractive and fun to visit, even if only in passing.
There will soon be three replacement trees to help provide visual enclosure (from the traffic ) and stone blocks to protect us from traffic and provide a place to sit (although the wall is proving very popular for this).
Work is due to start on the new murals next week. Meanwhile, we are pressing Haringey to commence phase 2 - the SuDS planters and junction improvements on the corner, outside Umoja House, to complete the bigger plan and make the area safe again following removal of the traffic island.
And after all this, there's still more to do in Martins Walk and perhaps, if there is enough interest, we can return to where we started which was a pocket park for Alexandra Road.
Looking ahead, the lime trees space (diagonally opposite the end of Malvern Road) through to the St. William pocket park is planned to open late November. So slowly we are becoming better connected with more places to stretch our legs and play and, when conditions permit, we must also get around to another Playstreet.
In creating the linear pocket park from Alexandra Road to Hornsey Park Road, the penguins and artwork and planters have all been bought, procured or made by PMRA, so belong to us - the Hornsey park community. With this, of course comes the responsibility to maintain.
Please do let us know if you would like to be involved in looking after the spaces, finding new ways for the community to use and enjoy them or help in any other way.
The loss of trees is becoming an issue locally. The wonderful false acacia at the junction of Mayes Road and Coburg Road was removed because it ‘had a fungus’ - just in time for the planning application to build on the petrol station site beside it.
Photo: The gardening team – John. Ben, Polly and John – out on a Saturday morning
"When the wheels finally came off the wagon it was from an unexpected angle. Why, it was asked, was there so much space for cycle parking and no segregated cycle route?"
Sometime in the next week or so the work on Mayes Road will near completion. It will be a new benchmark for the look and feel of our neighbourhood and enhance its biodiversity. (photo: Luke 'Duke' Newcombe)
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