Community’s helping hands leads to green award
12:54pm Monday 27th July 2009
GARDENS and allotments in Haringey run entirely by volunteers were deemed growing successes last week.
Four green spaces that provide welcome relief in between the borough’s many buildings and busy streets were honoured with Green Pennant Awards.
The green accolades are handed out by the Civic Trust for gardens and spaces managed and developed by ordinary people or community projects.
Living Under One Sun Community Allotment, in Tottenham, made it onto the exclusive list of just 96 gardens across the country for the first time.
The Gardens Community Gardens, in Doncaster Gardens, off Stanhope Road, Harringay, Bowes Park Community Gardens, in Myddleton Road, and Mannock Road Allotments, Wood Green, all retained the award.
The Doncaster Gardens is celebrating its fourth award and is also on a shortlist for both Haringey and London’s In Bloom Compeition.
Andy Newman, Gardens Community Garden coordinator, said: “I think we really should sing the praises of all community gardens. It is not just about gardening, it’s a meeting place where people get together and socialise while making the borough a more attractive place.”
The gardens opened seven years ago on the derelict site of the former Harringay Stadium for Speedway and greyhound racing.
It was transformed into a graden to help reduce crime in the area.
“Some people do not know the garden is there and are pleasantly surprised when they find it. Others plan their route around it. It really is a marvellous thing,” Mr Newman added.