A twilight consultation on the future of Page Green Common saw dozens of residents turn out to submit their views underneath a special light installation in the trees.
The event was arranged by Haringey Council and architects MUF which will be using the feedback in their designs and plans to transform the common between Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale into a place to benefit the community.
A number of boards told the story of Page Green while residents and passers-by were encouraged to speak to staff and write down their suggestions for the future of the area.
“I wrote down that it would be really nice to have a community herb garden within the common,” said Emma Brassington who works nearby. “There could be workshops and it would be a good way to engage people, especially children about different plants and where food comes from. There’s also lots of litter around here so I would organise a big clean-up. This place has so much potential in the heart of Tottenham.”
“This is a lovely sliver of green but sometimes it doesn’t feel very safe,” said Jacob Corn. “I think it needs better lighting and perhaps to make this area more visible to the street because at the moment it feels a little invisible.”
The event on Friday evening also saw the launch of a light installation running throughout the winter months in Page Green. Movement from people walking through the common triggers sensors which in turn activate waves of different coloured light across the tree tops. And the more people… the more movement… the more lighting!
“Myself and my friend have been running around and we like seeing the colours in the trees change from pink to yellow and purple!” said Beulah, aged nine. “I live close by and I would like to see more activities for children in the common. Perhaps a play area and a kind of planting activity would be nice.”
Teachers from Earlsmead Primary School in Broad Lane were also present at the event. The school has been closely involved in consultation on the future of Page Green Common as well as partaking in various activities including decorating cartons to hang in the trees.
“The children are behind any work or focus on this piece of ground because they like to see it as their own,” said assistant head Adele Horbury. “I would like to see something that promotes community and education; something that celebrates the area and diversity.”
“We’ve been speaking to the community in Broad Lane and what keeps coming up is that the green is quite a neglected place,” said the council’s principal regeneration officer, Christine Wood. “So this is one of three local projects to improve a public space and we are keen to hear from residents or people who work in the area about their thoughts on the future of Page Green Common.”
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