Grow N22’s head gardener on greening the borough

Noel Park resident, local ranger and professional gardener Luke Newcombe explains what makes Haringey such a verdant borough

As a resident of Noel Park, I have lived and worked in the area for over 40 years and always enjoyed the great outdoors, visiting the various green spaces around Haringey. The park at Alexandra Palace is my favourite and I regularly take my dog for long walks up the hill.

I am the founder of GrowN22, a community-based gardening business operating in Haringey, Enfield and Islington. GrowN22 offers a vast remit of gardening, landscaping and tree surgery services, as well as carrying out urban greening interventions to create wild community gardens. Project sites include Wood Green Library gardens, Haringey Learning Partnership’s wild garden, the wedding garden at George Meehan House, the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve and Haringey’s first official parklet to name but a few!

These project sites are developed with the local community in mind and dotted around the N22 postcode area. The community project sites do their part in helping to combat climate change by improving the environment and area – especially considering the fact there is no garden or green space prior to intervention taking place. Notably, civil pride
returns and there is an uplift in mood, with residents able to take part in all kinds of voluntary gardening tasks while also meeting other like-minded people, sharing in the fruits of their labour.

As we work together to make Haringey a cleaner and greener place to live, work and relax in, we can be confident that the “green” is being put back into Wood Green!

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