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The Fox Lane LTN consultion has closed.

Enfield Council was given an undertalking that

the LTN trial will be evaluated based on:

* Residents' views on how the benefits of the project compare against the disbenefits


* Data on the volume of motor vehicle movements in the area


* Data on the speed of motor vehicles in the area


* Impacts on the primary roads surrounding the area


* Bus journey time considerations through discussion with Transport for London


* Outcomes of ongoing dialogue with the emergency services.


Cllr Maria Alexandrou:

The chaos caused by the LTN scheme


Winchmore Hill councillor Dinah Barry

explains that LTNs are:

 "a bit more complicated than blocking off a few roads"



Stop The LTNs - Fox Lane & Enfield

Fundraising page








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Check out who is building what near you


2021 planning applications

2020 planning applications

2021 not currently being uploaded,

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Local Residents Associations 

Bush Hill Park Residents Association

Enfield Town Residents Association

Fox Lane & District Residents Association

Grange Park Residents Association

Grovelands Residents Association

Western Enfield Residents Association

Winchmore Hill Residents Association



Gardening & green spaces


The Friends of Grovelands Park

more details here

Become a Friend of Firs Farm

find out how to join here

Gardening Friends

more details here

Grange Park Horticultural Society

more details here

North London Organic Gardeners

more details here


Woodcroft Wildspace

more details here





Winchmore Hill Community Care


more details here  

Winchmore Hill Book Club

Grange Park N21
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Grovelands Park
Facebook Group
Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
Facebook Group
Winchmore Hill Families 
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 Child  fumes November 2021
breathe image
 Please, I can't breathe

How can this be acceptable?

 "Is the lack of consultation part of the problem?"

asks Bambos Charalambous in Parliament?"


"Has not that been caused by the Government's insistence that the schemes be implemented straightaway within an eight-week period, not allowing any consultation with communities or very limited consultation at best?"





"this is the road my son walks to school along"


watch the video

"does this look like better, safer streets to you?"


This ambulance could not get through to Fox Lane


watch the video








Bush Hill Park councillors 

Grange councillors 

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Winchmore Hill Safer Neighbourhood newsletter

 November 2021

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 December 2021





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Capital Growth - how urban food is a growing movement

on Monday, 11 April 2016. Posted in N21 Community


Capital Growth - how urban food is a growing movement





Capital Growth, set up in 2012  is London's largest food growing network. It is a partnership initiative between London Food Link, the Mayor of London and the Big Lottery's Local Food Fund, which now has over 2,000 community growing spaces, allotments and private gardens registered, throughout the city.




The objectives are not greatly different from the war time 'Dig For Victory' campaign; to encourage people living in the capital to grow their own food. Joining the network is free and Capital Growth have an extensive calendar of events, publications, training and support programme, discounts & offers, suitable for everyone, from beginners to the expert horticulturalist. The Capital Growth website is an invaluable resource for schools and a number of local schools, including Eversley, St Paul's and Hazelwood Infant and Junior School are members of Capital Growth;our last big dig a fantastic event where all the family enjoy getting involved to make the school a lovely environment.


Naomi Greig who is involved in the Hazelwood Wild Garden says:


"Capital growth is a fantastic resource to be part of, the information for schools are incredibly useful. The handout for Growing in schools is particularly good to help ensure the best crops within the school year. The courses which are run through the year have been inspiring and knowledgeable, this has given us the confidence to pass on information to other teachers and really engage the children with learning outside"


Here are some families working in and enjoying the wildlife garden.






Another important local Capital Growth member is the Broomfield Community Orchard, which was awarded a 'Community Tree Award', in the London Tree and Woodland Awards 2015.





Located next to the bowling green off Aldermans Hill, the orchard was planted in December 2014 and is a good example of the kind of community growing projects that Capital Growth is keen to promote. Initally started by the Friends of Broomfield Park and the Fox Lane and District Residents' Association, with the support of Enfield Council, more than sixty people have been involved in the project. To date it has been planted with more than seventy fruit trees, along with hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel, wild plum and spindle in the surrounding shrubberies. As the orchard mature, the fruit will be available to local people, schools and community groups.


Across the borough there are around 80 community garden spaces registered and the organisation is now opened its membership to people who grow their own produce. Capital Grow are keen to expand the urban growing movement. Their biggest event of the Capital Growth calendar is The Big Dig, Now in its fifth year, on Saturday April 16th 2016, Capital Growth want to encourage hundreds of volunteers to pull on their wellies and help a community garden get ready for the new growing season. 


The Friends of Broomfield Park are seeking volunteers to build a new pond in the park, from April 13th - April 16th.




Typical jobs will include shovelling compost, building trellises, planting seedlings and getting more involved in the growing urban food movement.





The Capital Growth photo gallery shows people of all ages getting stuck in, working with friends and neigbours transforming underused land into urban growing space






Sign up to Capital Growth, it may be a cliche but this is a growing movement!





The power of video to tug at the heart strings

on Thursday, 31 January 2013. Posted in N21 Community


The power of video to tug at the heart strings


This video has been watched over 5 million times and shared around the globe.

Jim Stenson put the music to it. "I found this video online, I did not film it but I thought it was so special I had to put a song behind it"

If you agree with Jim, share it, but be warned it won't leave you dry eyed!.

Boxers Lake A Cause For Concern

on Friday, 14 December 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Boxers Lake A Cause For Concern



The aim of the project is to reduce urban pollution such as road run-off in the Salmons Brook by creating sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) in 6 locations along the brook and its tributaries, including Boxers Lake on the edge of N21.. Thames 21 tests showed that there are very high levels of phosphate,Phosphate can cause algae and duckweed to grow very vigorously, which can then cover the surface of water, block out sunlight and reduce oxygen for other plants and fish. Sometimes the algae can be dangerous too, in the case of blue green algae, which can be seen in some other lakes in the borough. The water here is also warmer than elsewhere, which suggests that outfflow from misconnected pipes from houses near the lake is causing the problem. Thames 21 Project Manager Aimee Felus, who conducted the tests says that that misconnections, whereby a property is plumbed incorrectly are common,.


Thames 21 estimate that around 10% of homes are misconnected and this is a problem along the whole of the course of the River Lea. This means waste water from washing machines, showers or toilets is going down the drainpipe instead of into the sewer pipe. Drainpipes are just meant for rain – many lead to local rivers. With thousands of properties polluting their river it adds up to a heavy burden on the environment. For example a washing machine or dishwasher (dishwasher tablets are high in phosphates) might be connected to the drain meant for rainwater (which goes straight to the local stream) instead of the sewers (which go to the treatment works). A Lonsdale Drive resident has noted that the swans and geese appear to be spending less time in the lake than in the past and have been waddling up the road awy from lake, causing a potnential accident hazard. People can check if their house is misconnected using the checker on the ConnectRight website and Thames 21 will contiue to work with residents, Enfield Council, Thames Waterand


The Environment Agency to ensure that there are improvements in water quality. As part of the treatment Thames 21 are SuDS, which are 'green sponges', which are being planted and will naturally intercept and remove pollution, provide storage for flooding, and create new areas of wildlife habitat. All the work will be done alongside local people, and sites will only be selected if local people want to have SuDS there. Key to the success of this project is ensuring we collect excellent data to establish current levels of pollution and show the positive effects of SuDS installation, which we are doing in collaboration with University College London. Thames 21 are looking for volunteers to help with its projects. This presentation provides an update of the SuDS project, wih plans for creating new wild spcaes that local residents can use. Click on the image to view. If you are interested in finding out more about the Boxers Lake and Salmon Brook projects contact Aimee Felee Thames21 - bringing London's waterways to life


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Congratulations to the St Nicholas Fair team

on Wednesday, 12 December 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Congratulations to the St Nicholas Fair team


A great community event, congratulations to all the organisers.

Photo courtesy of the Enfield Independent

Taken by Bob Ludlam

to view a time lapse video go to

A war memorial for Winchmore Hill?

on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in N21 Community


A war memorial for Winchmore Hill?
Many, if not most, towns, villages, suburbs and parishes erected memorials in the aftermath of the First World War. These were almost all funded by public subscription and bore the names of those from that place who had been killed in action in the war. To these memorials were added new names after the Second World War.
In Winchmore Hill I understand that plans were drawn up for a memorial to be cast in bronze and erected inside the parish church of St Paul. However, for whatever reason this did not happen and I have no idea whether a public subscription was ever taken up.
We are now two years from the centenary of the beginning of the Great War and I have been in conversation with one or two of you over the last year or so about whether this would be a good opportunity to consider raising funds and commissioning a public memorial not only to the First World War but to all those who suffered and continue to suffer as a result of war. There are some rolls of honour and other memorials around in Winchmore Hill, for instance the 3rd Southgate (St Paul's Winchmore Hill) Scout Group has one, as do Winchmore Hill Baptist Church and Winchmore Hill Cricket Club, but there is no public memorial.
Initial thoughts about the site for such a memorial have been to place it somewhere on Winchmore Hill Green. The planning of such an enterprise is going to be long and complex and will involve the local authority planning department, local groups and organisations and the public at large. I am writing to you as someone who is involved with the community at this level to gauge initial support. If it seems that there is some enthusiasm for such a project then we will call an initial meeting to take counsel together with others who are interested.
Rev Dr Will Adam, Vicar, St Paul's Winchmore Hill
020 8886 3545
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George Ttouli raises £1,000 for The North London Hospice

on Friday, 12 October 2012. Posted in N21 Community


George Ttouli raises £1,000 for The North London Hospice


Congratulations to George Ttouli of Burlington Wealth Management, based in Highfield Road has handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Natalie Gordon at the new North London Hospice Day Cente in Barrowell Green. George raised th money through a sponsored cycle ride from Winchmore Hill to Tour in France, natually finishing in the Mumm champagne tasting room!



George is a member of the newly formed N21 Support Group.

Find out how you could get involved with the Group here

Winchmore Hill Quakers launch £33,000 appeal for historic meeting house and grounds

on Tuesday, 25 September 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Winchmore Hill Quakers launch £33,000 appeal for historic meeting house and grounds



Quakers originally met in a barn, built their first Meeting House in 1688, making them the oldest religious foundation in Winchmore Hill. The current Meeting House was built in 1790. A number of nationally famous people are buried in the grounds.


The Quaker appeal leaflet says "The Meeting House and gardens/ Burial Ground are a very special place of tranquillity and reflection in our busy lives. The gardens are open to the public and the Meeting House is let to local groups. It is an asset for everyone. It is the centre of our Quaker community, an open and accepting spiritual group, which has no dogmas or creeds, but which tries to live out our testimonies in the modern world"


Our Meeting House is built on clay,

The walls have cracked, we have to pay;

Five times the roof has lost its lead,

We need to find a plan instead;

Windows and doors have now gone rotten,

Our planet too is not forgotten,

Our welcome is warm but not carbon free safe, green and friendly - that's our plea.


A Georgian island in a sea of calm,

A place of peace and prayer and balm,

Where noble trees view ancient graves.

Here love moved us to free the slaves.


The rows of stones show faithful lives,

Luke Howard's science named the skies,

Two schools were founded, that spared the rod,

For loving our neighbour is the breath of God.


In times of strife and times of need,

There is more to life than war and greed.

For some the beauty, for some the history,

Some moved by love, the greatest mystery...


The Quaker story – still long to run

There's more to do and more to come

Come those of faith and those of none

Together we are not weak but strong!




From Lands End to Grange Park: Cycle For A Cure

on Wednesday, 22 August 2012. Posted in N21 Community


From Lands End to Grange Park: Cycle For A Cure




Micheal Peatchey of Peatchey's Fine Foods returns to a hero's welcome, with over a hundred customers, friends, family and members of the Cure Parkinsons charity at the shop in Grange Park to welcome him home. Michael was sponsored by Paul O'Sullivan of Le Peloton Cycles, who loaned him a light-weight bike for his gruelling 330 cycle ride from Lands End to Grange Park.

Michael has already raised over £6,000 and you can still sponsor him at the shop or using this link to his sponsorship page


Michael's Jubilee recipe sausages (delicious, I can vouch for them) are on sale over the weekend, with proceeds to Cure Parkinsons 


Creating local edible landscapes

on Friday, 10 August 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Creating local edible landscapes


Network Rail: A summary in pictures

on Saturday, 12 May 2012. Posted in N21 Community




Grange Park Before and After Network Rail's 'vegetation clearance'



More pictures of the destruction suffered by Grange Park, the replanting of the embankment and what people in Grange Park have thought about the work can be viewed in the N21 Photo Album 




Boys & girls come out to play

on Thursday, 15 August 2013. Posted in N21 Community


Boys & girls come out to play



Two years after this article was first written, Winchmore Hill has it's first play street. Orpington Road was closed for play for the first time on Saturday July 18th, for three hours between 2pm and 5pm.


The verdict?

"Loads of families with children and lots of grandparents with their grandchildren were out spending time together and as a community. We met loads of people we had never spoken to before and the children just loved running around and playing games in the street. There was lots of traditional games as well as just scooting up and down the road and even some Dad races at the end! It was a real 'street' event with everyone helping out and tidying up. Well over 90% of residents were able to move their cars which we were delighted about and very thankful that people have been so supportive".




It wasn't just the kids who had all the fun.  


There will be four more play street days in Orpington Road over the next twelve months. 

Shouldn't play streets be commonplace?






Devonshire Road in Palmers Green has become the borough's first Play Street. The street is now closed to traffic one Sunday a month, from 2pm - 5p, to allow children to play out on the street..



Drivers tend to use Devonshire Road as a rat run to avoid the traffic lights on the high street, but on the afternoon of Sunday 1st June 2014 , barriers will be placed at both ends and supervised by volunteer stewards. Only residents' cars will be allowed in and out at walking pace – and children will have the freedom play in the road as they choose.


This is a new scheme for Enfield – Devonshire Road is the borough's first 'play street'. The idea comes from Playing Out, an organisation started by two mothers in Bristol who wanted their children to play outdoors with the same freedom they had enjoyed growing up. As more streets take up the idea, local authorities across the country are offering road traffic orders like the 'Temporary Play Street Order' that Devonshire Road has successfully applied for.

'We had a one-off trial a couple of years ago,' says Devonshire Road resident Clare, a mother of two. 'The children were so excited to have the freedom of the whole road to play in. One mum told me she was amazed that her son spent three hours running around outdoors instead of playing on his X-Box. We're looking forward to doing this once a month.'


Richard, father of two and a town planner, is also looking forward to reclaiming the street. 'Streets should be much more than just conduits for cars and parking. When we use it as a social space to play and meet our neighbours it changes the dynamic on the street completely.'


Neighbours will use the first play event to discuss ways to calm traffic on the street permanently.


For more information on play streets, see, or contact Devonshire Road organisers via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Here are the dates agreed so far


6 July 2014, 3 August 2014, 14 September 2014, 5 October 2014, 2 November 2014, 7 December 2014, 11 January 2015, 1 February 2015, 1 March 2015 12 April 2015, 10 May 2015


Read more about the project on the Devonshire Road Facebook page here





In the middle of August comes the timely announcement that councils across London are planning temporary road closures to allow children to play outside their homes in a safe environment. This follows on from lobbying by a number of pressure groups and an interesting experiment in Bristol where a group of mums persuaded the Council to close a street for three hours a week. It proved so popular that Bristol's third Play Street has recently been added. You can read about the Bristol project by clicking on the image.



These are the ladies who have got it started.




 London Play has broadly the same objectives, and this group will be releasing details of a study entitled Explore. Play. Connect - in the City in October



Play England have just released the results of a new study into children playing outdoors which found that whilst 50% of the parents interviewed reported playing out at least seven times a week when they were growing up, less than a quarter of children (23%) to do today. Yet, 40% of the 3,000 children who took part in the survey said they would love to spend more time playing outside.




So what's stopping them?

Concerns about traffic and 'stranger danger' were high on parents' reasons for not encouraging their children to play outside. However 28% of parents cited intolerant neighbours as a major barrier stopping children playing out where they live and a concern that children playing out in the street would upset the neighbours.


In addition, a lack of dedicated community space was also cited as hampering children's opportunities to play, with almost a third of adults (32%) and a fifth of children (20%) saying that more spaces to play within their local community would get more children playing out.


Play England argue that "play has the power to bring communities together" If ways can be found to enable children to play out on the streets, it gets them into the fresh air, away from the telly and 'digital play', children make new friends, get to know children who are both older and younger and it helps families to get to know each other; which can only be good for fostering stronger community ties.

Cath Prisk, Director of Play England writes "It's up to all of us to turn around the creeping disappearance of children from our streets, parks and communities. We all have role - as families, neighbours, and friends. We can all do something to say we love kids playing outdoors, that we want to live in communities that actively welcome kids playing out. There always was and always will be some people who want to squash kid's fun - but there are far more that really want kids back outside playing, not stuck indoors, especially over the summer holidays! Play is fundamental to our children's enjoyment oheir childhood; it can't be taken for granted. All of us, from parents to planners, from neighbours to policy makers have our part to play in allowing and supporting children's play as it is vital for our children's health, learning, development and happiness.'

So what is Enfield's Policy? 


Nothing has been announced yet but the person responsible for road closures across the borough is Elliott Parkin 020 8379 2126.


Devonshire Road in Palmers Green is already kickstarting a local campaign. Here are some of the pictures from the Devonshire Road Facebook page.




So what are you waiting for? have produced a useful manual which you can download by clicking on the image.




Lets get the boys and girls out to play!





Jubilee party fun

on Wednesday, 06 June 2012. Posted in N21 Community


Jubilee party fun


Jayne Poole and Tanya Lugli organised a very successful street party in The Orchard N21.


"Its was a fantastic day and great fun was had by all.  We only encountered one downpour and a little shower of rain so were very lucky.  This started out as a small event and as the day approached more and more neighbours wanted to take part.  We had over 150 people attend. 


We wanted to organise one as we felt it was too great an opportunity to miss to get to know neighbours at the other end of the street we had never met, this was definitely achieved.


We have met a good number of our neighbours who have now become firm friends. We had country dancing, a couple demonstrating Latin American dancing and also a Tai Chi demonstration.


Thanks to all those who helped to make this such a successful event, particularly Denis the DJ, Tez and Paul the men on the BBQ's.

What's that I hear "Can we have one every year?' - What a fabulous idea!