Slightly overcast but no rain, no sun either, perfect weather to swing a shovel. About 35 neighbours from the ages of 2 to 80 came out to get our new Community Garden dug up and ready for planting.
Paul from Yogamatters, one of the businesses on Clarendon Rd had kindly provided tea and biscuits, and, crucially, some chairs to rest on.
Shovels, spades and forks were brought from sheds, some probably hadn't seen much gardening for a while. But they were soon put to good use.
In fact, the area that is to be the future pride of the neighbourhood was soon filled with busy labourers toiling the earth and carefully loosening the topsoil from the grass.
Life on Hornsey Park Road has been plagued with problems including noise, pollution and crumbling pavements, on top of this there appears to be a lack of strategic vision for the future. Council Leader Peray Ahmet and a few of her fellow councillors came to discuss the issues with our representatives.
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. By John Miles
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
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