Welcome to Myddleton Road Community Garden
Myddleton Road Community Garden is a welcoming green space in the heart of Bowes Park. It’s a perfect place to sit and enjoy the sunshine, have a picnic, or join us in some gardening!
The garden includes a lawned area with seating, flower and herb borders, shrubs and trees. There are also themed children’s benches and a living willow wigwam. We are in the process of establishing a wildlife garden, with the aim of attracting a wider diversity of bees, butterflies, insects and wildlife. We began by preparing the ground and sowing a wild flower meadow in 2010 and are looking forward to seeing it come into bloom this year.
Would you like to get involved and help? The garden is managed and looked after by people living in the local area and we always need volunteers to help with gardening, organising events and fundraising, and generally getting involved and helping make things happen. Gardening sessions are held on the first Saturday of the month at 11am for a couple of hours and you will be very welcome to come and join us. There are lots of jobs to do, from weeding to planting to litter picking. Do come along and have fun helping to look after the garden and getting to know some of your neighbours! There are also Garden Group meetings on the last Wednesday of the month at 8pm.
Please contact Sarah Harris on 020 8881 5195 if you would like to find out more or via the ‘Contact Us’ email link.
How was the garden and the garden group started?
The Community Garden in Myddleton Road was originally a piece of waste land but in 2003 it was included in the London Borough of Haringey’s regeneration plan for the area. The land is owned by Thames Water but was leased to Haringey for ten years as from 2003, when the garden was officially open for public use. The Bowes Park Community Association (BPCA) worked in partnership with Groundwork, the local allotment association and Haringey Parks Department to clear the space, plant out a garden and install benches and notice boards. The Garden is now maintained by a local group of volunteers under the auspices of the BPCA in partnership with the Parks Department. It is a green space for the whole community to enjoy, especially valuable in an area where many people don’t have a garden.
Green Pennant Award 2010
On 28 July 2010 Bowes Park Community Garden was awarded a Green Pennant as part of the Green Flag Award scheme. The scheme is run by the charities Keep Britain Tidy, BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers) and Green Space and recognises well-managed green spaces run by community or voluntary groups. Applicant gardens are judged across a wide variety of criteria including tidiness, biodiversity, signage and amenities. We have now been successful in being awarded a Green Pennant for five years in a row!
Here are some links that may be of interest to gardeners and anyone who enjoys gardens!
Green Pennant Award Gardens in Haringey
National Gardens Scheme, gardens open for charity
London Gardens Trust, Open Gardens and Squares Weekend
Royal Horticultural Society