Gardeners and critics unite!

A lot of trees will need replacing
A lot of trees will need replacing

We’re surrounded by works. On the Heartlands south of the lime-trees new blocks rise up. Remediation has started at the back of 123 to 151 Hornsey Park Road. Eventually this will be the Moselle Walk, a new daytime public footpath through to Brook Road where St William’s contractors have done a tremendous job clearing a decades-old fly-tip. They have also cut down a lot of trees. (They have been able to pollard the beautiful black poplar which used to tower above the Iceland car-park.)

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.

Truncated but surviving – the black poplar
Truncated but surviving – the black poplar

The two rowans beside our smaller Mayes Road mosaic have gone – again judged to be unhealthy. We weren’t worried. We liked them. Hornsey Park Road is unhealthy - noise, vibration, air pollution. Who’s going to do something about that? 

Work has started on the rain-park that Highways will introduce on the corner of Mayes Road. We have supported this. It’s intended to reduce flooding and remove the widely misused car-park spaces. Road run-off pollutes our surface-water system and, ultimately, damages fish-stocks out at sea.

We hope the works will slow down traffic. They must improve the carriageway with its ludicrous potholes and sprayed gravel. We’re relieved the council accepted our case for keeping the zebra crossing at its current angle. And Haringey should implement the whole scheme and install the additional drainage proposed outside Umoja House.

The team – John. Ben, Polly and John – out on Saturday morning
The team – John. Ben, Polly and John – out on Saturday morning

Just as it must fund improvements to the useless street lighting in Alexandra Road. 

We’ve been cleaning, weeding and pruning at our own plots and open spaces. Thanks to Robert for repairing a tree box and Simon for donating fox-gloves. Supplies of top-soil from Havi and Montes in Malvern Road has been welcome and spread where most needed.

We’ve met helpful colleagues in the Parks department to discuss our future strategy – composting outside the doctors on Turnpike Lane will be a highlight if we get agreement from Highways. We’ve decided to replace the ten-year old lavender at the bottom of Clarendon Road. Sadly our murals on Martins Walk have been vandalised but we’ll get them cleaned up.

Work has started on the rain garden at Mayes Road
Work has started on the rain garden at Mayes Road

What we need most is people – neighbours who want to regenerate Wood Green with love and toil and a critical voice. Everyone’s welcome so please get in touch.

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