On a perfect summer’s day the community came out in force to support the first Hartington Park Great Get Together.
Hundreds of people attended the event just off the Tottenham High Road which mirrored the dozens of Great Get Together community picnics and events taking place across the borough, all inspired by MP Jo Cox who famously said, “We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us.”
Organised by The Friends of Hartington Park and Carbuncle Passage the free event saw craft and food stalls, an inflatable disco marquee, a bat box making workshop, appearances from the Safer Neighbourhood policing team and the Spurs Foundation doing free health checks, and the chance for residents to have their say on the future of the park.
“We are thrilled that so many people have come along and it’s absolutely brilliant day,” said Chloe Tait, co-chair of the Friends. “We also launched our public consultation because we want to get as many people’s views as possible on what they want to see in the park and what they want to see improve.”
Over in the ‘Park Ideas’ tent locals were busy writing down their suggestions while children or residents who struggled with English could draw their ideas on maps of Hartington Park.
“The park does need a little tender loving care and it’s great that the Friends group has now been formed and is organising amazing events such as this,” said resident Kirsty Marsh-Hyde. “There is sometimes a problem with litter and the under fives section of the playground could do with being cleared up a bit. My three-year-old son also got involved in the consultation and told them he wants a sandpit!”
Apart from the many stalls in the park the neighbouring Clements House, offering sheltered housing to elderly and disabled people, opened its doors for the public to take part in the health checks and join in games of Bingo with residents.
“It is a fantastic day and we are proud to be part of this community,” said David Nawej, chair of the Clements House residents’ group. “I did my consultation a few days ago and I would like to see the park become more accessible for wheelchair users like me.”
“I’ve known Hartington Park all my life and my mother used to bring me to tap dancing lessons at Kemble Hall just off the corner of the park!” said David Lammy MP enjoying the event. “This is a wonderful get together and in Haringey we have always known that we have far more in common than what divides us. This park is absolutely right for renewal and I’m really excited the Friends group and the local community have taken a grip of it.”
If you want to join the consultation, running all summer, then email firstname.lastname@example.org or find ‘Friends of Hartington Park and Carbuncle Passage’ (external link) on Facebook.