Campaign Victory in Highgate
Picture: Nigel Sutton.
At last! On 30th of October we heard from Haringey's planning office that the owner of a house that abuts the Walk in Highgate has withdrawn the Construction Management Plan that we and many of you have been contesting.
We presented our petition to the council back in early September along with a comprehensive document explaining why we thought the council had a clear duty to prevent vehicles accessing the Parkland Walk and to secure unrestricted access to the Nature Reserve.
In all, 1,349 people signed the petition and over 300 submitted objections to the Planning Office. In addition we had the support of a number of councillors and considerable help from Highgate Ward councillor, Bob Hare.
We believe the council will honour all the clauses written into covenants that form part of the deeds for the property. So from the committee of the Friends, a huge thank you to all who contributed to this very important campaign.
How good is your knowledge on nature and conservation? Answers at the bottom.
Q1 The best way to help wildflowers is to improve the soil with good compost. True or false?
Q2 The UK has lost how much of its wildflower meadows in the last 100 years? Is it a) 48%, b) 73% or c) 97%
Art in green space
Groundwork London and Haringey Parks invite you to the Natural Art Exhibition on Thursday 26th November 4pm - 6pm at the Hub Cafe, Lordship Recreation Ground, Tottenham, N17 6NU, to celebrate the fantastic work of Haringey residents and to show appreciation for our local green spaces.
Can you spare a couple of hours to help the conservation work in Muswell Hill?
Is graffiti getting out of control?
Walkers may have noticed that the volume of graffiti has been on the increase not only at Crouch Hill, but also further down the length of the Parkland Walk. Many passers-by are admirers of some of the paintwork, but we get a lot of feedback from people who feel this activity is not appropriate to a nature reserve and spoils their experience of walking in a green environment, filling the air with unpleasant fumes.
Graffiti, it should be remembered is a criminal offence, and the Parkland Walk is also a designated Nature Reserve. FPW welcome your feedback but are powerless to take action. If you see graffiti taking place we would remind you that it can be reported to the authorities directly as a criminal act in progress by dialling 101.
To join the discussion please go to our facebook page
Q1 False: Wildflower meadows thrive best on nutrient-poor soil. Often people dump their garden waste onto the nature reserve thinking it is helping. In fact the opposite is true as wildflowers will not establish. All garden rubbish is best disposed of through green waste collection.
Q2 The UK has lost 97% of its meadows. This change is reflected in the Parkland Walk which was formerly almost entirely meadow. Meadow and low scrub provides rich and varied habitats for flora and fauna hence our projects to create more glades and open areas.