Monthly Mailout

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Due to the Covid lockdown all meetings are online. Gardening projects are on hold but we have listed them below in the hope that they will soon be able to run work sessions.
Best wishes,
Convenor, Sustainable Haringey Network
020 8347 7684

What’s in this jam packed newsletter.


 22nd Feb to 7th March

Fairtrade Fortnight

There is an online festival

Monday 8th March, 7.30-9pm

Woodstove Wisdom evening (via Zoom)

A free online session on how to run a woodstove cleanly and efficiently. ed by MHSG member Stewart McIlroy.
Please book your place at to receive the Zoom link.
Check out the Muswell Hill Sustainability Group Newsletter, to find out about all they are doing. Click in the top left to subscribe to it.

14th March 11am-4pm

Tottenham Green Market Sunday

The market will run every second Sunday of each month. Outdoor market with diverse street food, organic produce, artisanal baked goods & local beers.

Wednesday 18th March

Walking Summit organised by Living Streets

Every year we bring together decision-makers, influencers, campaigners and others who just love their streets to discuss ways of making our towns and cities better for walking.

This year’s programme takes place on 18 March, and for the first time our Summit will take place online – hosted and produced by our friends, City View – which means you can join from the comfort of your own home.

It’s all day and is aimed at individuals, councils, schools and companies, there is a charge for it.

Saturday 27th March, 12 noon

XR Rebellion of One

Rebellion Of One is a single-person roadblock, times 1,000.  At midday on 27th March (and subsequent days and times, to be agreed) individuals across the UK (seemingly spontaneously) will sit down in the road, alone, in front of traffic. They wear a sandwich board with a simple and emotive message. They remain sitting in the road until they choose to move, or are moved.

To find out more and sign up visit
Rebellion of One – Extinction Rebellion UK


Haringey has lots of practical gardening projects. We have listed a few of these below.
There are also active Friends groups in most Haringey parks

Stonebridge Lock Coalition

Frances Dismore, Chair Stonebridge Lock Coalition
07751400076 Facebook:
Twitter: @StonebridgeLock

The Conservation Volunteers

TCV Haringey run a range of practical activities in nature reserves, parks and woodlands across the borough every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. New volunteers are welcome, no previous experience necessary.
For further details, see or contact Mat at


Projects such as Westbury Banks Nature Reserve;
Wood Green Library.
Luke ‘Duke’ Newcombe,



For information on what Haringey Council is doing to meet climate targets


Sustainable Haringey is involved in discussions about greening the Mountview reservoir.
For information contact

The reservoir is in Stroud Green ward. This large high grassy site is visible from surrounding roads as well as from the Parkland Walk. There have been various proposals to make it a new neighbourhood park or wildflower meadow (eg 2015 Haringey Characterisation Study and 2020 The New Local Plan). This has also been requested by local councillors and by community and online groups.

It is unlikely to become a neighbourhood park as there is no public access. It could become a wildflower meadow. This would have an enormous benefit for the environment in attracting bees, other insects, birds, etc. It would also make it visually more attractive. But how to make it a wildflower meadow? Since there is just grass growing which is regularly mowed the top soil is very rich. Wild flowers generally don’t like rich top soil. Are there some wild flowers that do? If not, what is the easiest way to make the soil suitable for wild flowers? We need advice on all these matters.
It has also been suggested that trees could be planted as has been done by the Dream for Trees project on Highgate reservoir. But assuming it is not possible to plant trees on top of the reservoir itself, is there enough space around the edges of the site?

We can show that there is wide support for a wildflower meadow possibly with tree planting: Haringey Council, local councillors, environmental groups, residents, etc. John Brydon from Thames 21 has offered to help negotiate with Thames Water. Perhaps there is some funding that can be accessed to pay for the work.


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After a long tender process, Catalyst Housing has been selected by the GLA as the developer for the St Ann’s site. StART has now met with Catalyst and seen an outline of their plans, and we are pleased to say that from first impressions things are looking positive.There appear to be many elements from StART’s Master Plan included and a large proportion of the site has been set aside for green space.

Catalyst is beginning their community engagement (see below) and we are keen to ensure the local community comes together to make Catalyst and the GLA keep to their promises.

StART was instrumental in the GLA buying the site from the NHS and creating a ‘community-influenced’ approach to its development. We had originally campaigned for the whole site to be a community-led development, but the GLA did not support this. Instead, the brief requires Catalyst to set aside up to 50 homes for community-led housing on the site, which community groups will be invited to bid to develop.

Over the last year StART has carefully considered whether it should bid for these homes. We commissioned a feasibility study from Campbell Tickell and held consultations on the results in the run up to the 2020 AGM.

The directors of StART have now taken the view that StART should not bid to take on the 50 community-led homes and instead concentrate on campaigning around the site as a whole. Members are currently feeding back on this before a final decision is taken.

We still believe the community-led homes are a really exciting and positive prospect for the St Ann’s site. We hope that other groups, especially co-ops and cohousing projects led by Black and minority ethnic communities, will seize this opportunity. We look forward to giving active support to whichever group is selected.

StART’s vision has always been about making a great community and a well-designed and affordable development on the whole site that will benefit the people of Haringey.

There is the potential for 170 homes to be acquired for social housing, including a number of 3-4 bed homes that are so desperately needed in the area. We hope that Haringey Council will grab hold of this important opportunity and the community will hold them to account. There is work ahead for us all to ensure that the pledges made by Catalyst, the GLA and LB Haringey to provide affordable housing for local people are not watered down.

Catalyst has launched a community engagement website for the St Ann’s development.It includes some key information about the proposals in their bid to the GLA, and a live consultation to help shape their Community Engagement Strategy. Catalyst want to know which aspects of the project local communities are most interested in, how we prefer to get information and communicate our feedback as well as how Catalyst can overcome any barriers to engagement.

We encourage all our members and supporters to visit the website, give your views and share the link with friends and neighbours.

Catalyst is also meeting with local community groups, and will begin holding in-person events post-lockdown. In the meantime, they’ll send out a printed version of the current consultation to homes directly surrounding the site.

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Here at the West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust, we’re thrilled to announce a major crowdfunding campaign for a Community Resource Hub for market traders, small businesses and the community at Wards Corner in Tottenham.
Our Spacehive page can be found here.

The Hub will bring the ground floor of the Wards Corner building back into temporary use, providing access to crucial services to Latin American, BME, low income and other communities affected by COVID-19 and other longstanding inequalities. It will provide access to business support, housing support, online training, legal advice and translation services with the help of a dedicated community organiser. The Hub is urgently needed following the closure of Seven Sisters Market in March 2020 following an electrical outage, leaving the Latin American community and others without access to the services and support usually available there.

We’ve applied for matched funding from the Mayor of London as part of Make London, and we’re hoping to secure £25k – £50k from the Mayor in support. Our application is judged on a number of different categories, with one being engagement from the local community – meaning even a comment or a donation as low as £2 can really help boost our chances in this area.

Our Spacehive page contains loads more information on the proposal, including a cost breakdown of where exactly the raised money will go, and we’ll be adding to it with any updates as we go along over the next two months. We’d be really grateful if you could share this exciting news within your networks; we also have posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and it would be great if you could share these if you’re active on social media!

This project is independent of the Trust’s long-term community plan to restore and bring back into permanent full use the historic buildings at Wards Corner, including a new market. However, it draws on the community plan and represents an opportunity to test and develop some of its propositions. For more information about the plan, see We dont know what will happen to this site in the future, and we are still working on our long-term community plan, but the Hub is something we can deliver now on a temporary basis that is urgently needed.

From West Green Road/Seven Sisters Development Trust
The Trust was set up in 2008 by four members of Wards Corner Community Coalition. Its first project is to deliver the community plan for Wards Corner.


•           You can find more information on the London Schools Pollution Helpdesk including information and resources on air pollution here:  
•           Transport for London has now funded 430 new School Streets, 300 of which have already started.
•           More information on the ‘Engines Off, Every Stop’ campaign can be found here:

The Helpdesk will focus on state primary and secondary schools in areas that still exceed legal limits for air pollution
It launches as a new ‘Engines Off, Every Stop’ London-wide advertising campaign goes live encouraging drivers to turn off their engines when parked to cut air pollution

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched the new London Schools Pollution Helpdesk – a free to use service for all London schools as part of plans to clean up toxic air at schools in the worst polluted areas of the capital.

Bold measures introduced by the Mayor prior to the Covid-19 pandemic have already cut the number of state schools with illegal levels of pollution by 97 per cent – from 455 schools in 2016 to just 14 in 2019.

But the Mayor is determined to continue to do more to tackle poor air quality around schools, which stunts the growth of children’s lungs and worsens chronic illness, such as asthma, lung and heart disease.

In partnership with environment charity Global Action Plan and Impact on Urban Health, the London Schools Pollution Helpdesk will support schools across the capital to deliver air quality audits and will prioritise the remaining schools in areas of London still exceeding or nearly exceeding legal pollution levels. Audit recommendations for cutting pollution could include closing surrounding roads to traffic at school pick-up and drop-off times, walking and scooting campaigns, adding green infrastructure like green screens and tackling engine idling.

Schools can contact the helpdesk by phone, email, online forms or text for advice and the website will be a source for air pollution information offering signposting to the best resources and case studies for schools and will incorporate the latest findings about pollution measures.

This builds on the Mayor’s successful School and Nursery Air Quality Audits Programme which has delivered audits at 50 schools and 20 nurseries across the capital’s most polluted areas. The Mayor provided £10,000 per school and £4,500 per nursery in funding to help them implement measures. A study by researchers from Imperial College London’s Environmental Research Group, commissioned by City Hall, has found that the Mayor’s air quality policies and wider improvements in air pollution will increase the average life expectancy of a child born in London in 2013 by six months.

In addition, Global Action Plan will be co-ordinating the Schools Forum developed to support the audit programme and share best practice. The charity recently launched the Clean Air Schools Framework that helps any school to work out which air pollution actions are best for them. It provides guidance and resources to help implement the plan, building on the knowledge from the Mayor’s audit programme and will complement the London Schools Pollution Helpdesk.

Engine idling near schools is a particular problem, which is why the Mayor has funded a new London-wide advertising campaign, launching today, encouraging drivers to turn off their engines when parked to cut air pollution.

Funded through the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund in collaboration with City of London and Camden Council, the ‘Engines Off, Every Stop’ campaign features posters and billboards on roadside sites and petrol stations across the capital. Posters and an accompanying video visualise the toxic invisible killer that is air pollution, alerting drivers to the dangers of idling near schools and other locations across London.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am doing everything in my power to stop Londoners breathing air so filthy that it damages children’s lungs and causes thousands of premature deaths every year. There is also evidence linking air pollution with an increased vulnerability to the most severe impacts of COVID-19. The Ultra Low Emission Zone has already helped cut toxic roadside nitrogen dioxide pollution by more than 40 per cent and led to reductions that are five times greater than the national average.

“Since 2016, there has been a 97 per cent reduction in the number of schools in areas which exceed the legal limit, and I’m committed to bringing that number down to zero which is why I’ve launched the London Schools Pollution Helpdesk to help schools continue to tackle air pollution and funded the anti-idling campaign.

“Pollution isn’t just a central London problem, which is why I am committed to expanding the ULEZ next year. I have also consistently demanded that the Government match my ambitions and improve the new Environment Bill to include legally binding WHO recommended limits to be achieved by 2030, and to give cities the powers and funding we need to eradicate air pollution.”

Director of Clean Air at Global Action Plan, Larissa Lockwood, said: “We know that teachers, governors, parents and young people are concerned about dangerous air quality in London so they will be delighted that the Mayor of London is launching the country’s first schools pollution helpdesk. This service will help any school and nursery in London put in place the right steps to protect children as they learn and play. Global Action Plan are privileged to be running the helpdesk on behalf of the Mayor. We hope to be deluged with requests for help so that we can work together to ensure a clean air future for our children.”

Programme Director, Health effects of air pollution at Impact on Urban Health, Kate Langford, said: “Exposure to air pollution is the largest environmental risk to our health, and in children is often associated with bronchitis, asthma and impaired lung function. To date, action on air pollution around schools has been a lottery with many schools missing out. We need to ensure that children are protected from the health effects of air pollution in their everyday. The pollution helpdesk will ensure that all schools have access to advice on what they can do to reduce exposure to air pollution, and will enable us to better understand the common challenges schools are facing.”

•           You can find more information on the London Schools Pollution Helpdesk including information and resources on air pollution here:  
•           Transport for London has now funded 430 new School Streets, 300 of which have already started.
•           More information on the ‘Engines Off, Every Stop’ campaign can be found here: