Wood Green Business Improvement District (BID) have been awarded funding through the Mayor of London’s Greener City Fund Community Grant Scheme to transform the front of the Library area on the High Road. Working in Partnership with the Council, the BID submitted an application for additional funding to look at creating a space which can be utilised to improve the look of the area while supporting community activities.
The BID was keen after feedback from both businesses and the general public to look to improve the area of derelict planters outside the Library to create a new community garden over which the community feels a sense of ownership. The project will incorporate a community gardening and volunteering opportunities through a new “Friends of the Library Garden Group“. Working in partnership with local social Enterprise “Grow N22”, the project will deliver increased access to green space, seating and a platform space for community use.
The project which will be delivered in May/June 2019 but the BID is keen to here from anyone from all ages who would like to be involved. For further information, please visit our website at www.woodgreenbid.co.uk/themes/place-and-connectivity
Cllr Charles Adje Cabinet Member for Strategic Regeneration, Haringey Council
“High Streets are the heart and soul of our community and as a council we want to ensure that our High Streets remain a vibrant and bustling part of community life. We are delighted that the Wood Green BID were successfully awarded a grant to green Wood Green High Road. Residents, shoppers and businesses will really benefit from these positive changes.”
Paul Collins, Wood Green BID Manager adds
“Since last summer, many have fed back that the area around the library lets down the surrounding area. Delivering a fantastic project as part of our Place and Connectivity theme during 2019 will help support the other projects we have planned to brighten up the area of the High Road. It is great news that the GLA Green City Fund has awarded the funding as this will help transform a space but also activate a project for which the community can help design, create and have ownership”
Luke Newcombe Founder of GrowN22
“GrowN22 has established its roots in Wood Green as a community driven project enhancing green spaces across Haringey, North London, by putting the community at the very heart of our focus. Partnering with The Bid: Future Wood Green on the Wood Green Mile Project is a logical step in GrowN22’s evolution! “The enhancement to the entrance of Wood Green Library is the first phase of Wood Green Mile; a project designed to put the Green back in Wood Green!
The Green City Fund Community Grant Scheme is funded by the Mayor of London. The Wood Green Library Project application was submitted by Future Wood Green Business Improvement District (BID) and in November 2018, an assessment panel met and along with other projects, was successful. The project is part of the Mayor of London’s commitment to be the first National Park City, with a target of making more than half of the city’s area green by 2050. To help do this, he created the Greener City Fund in summer 2017. In spring 2018, this fund was increased to £12 million. For further information, please visit: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/environment/parks-green-spaces-and-biodiversity/greener-city-fund
GrowN22 exists to transform unlikely, disused and neglected spaces across Haringey into vibrant community gardens and growing spaces made for and by local people. Established in 2017 by Hugh Chapman and Luke Newcombe whom share a passion for nature and green spaces with the aim is to transform Wood Green into a lush green urban paradise through creating community gardens and adding green infrastructure in the public realm. #GrowN22 project manages the Westbury Banks Nature Reserve, a community food growing garden at St Mungo’s WestGreen Road, New Southgate Station and transformed a car park into a thriving green space for the Green Rooms Hotel and the Wood Green Mile. You can find out more about GrowN22 via www.GrowN22.com
Future Wood Green Business Improvement District (BID) was founded in July 2018 after successfully being voted by businesses to deliver a five year plan of improvements and other projects within the Wood Green High Road Area. The Wood Green Library Project is part of the Place and Connectivity Theme which also includes improvements to the cleanliness of the public spaces, better signage and micro-greening, Shop Front improvement program and Shop window dressing support. For further information about the BID and the Themes for delivery, please visit our website at: https://woodgreenbid.co.uk/
For further information, please contact Wood Green BID office on 020 3011 0504 or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org