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This Week in N21

No more clapping but "you're still my neighbour, still my friend"

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"thanks for reminding me that we are so lucky to live in this great place"


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Join in the Firs Farm Wetlands teddy bear hunt


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download the guide




Join in the virtual gardeners question time

on Monday June 8

27.5h1

more details here


 


 

 

Grovelands Park


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posted on Instagram by Newinnorthlondon

 


 

VE Day in N21

Lest we forget


1.5.20

a snapshot of a memorable day

 

 


 

 

7.4v1

 



The Dog and Duck

'Help Locals in Lockdown Fund'


18.5z1


Help local families who have been worst hit by the financial and emotional pressures of the pandemic

DONATE


 


 

14.5y1

Community Nurses needed

more details here

 


 


29.4c3

The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted

in more vulnerable children of all ages

being in need of foster care

https://new.enfield.gov.uk/fosteringandadoption/

 


 

#viralkindness in N21


Can you volunteer to help people in your street?

hello

 more details here

  


 

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click on image to enlarge

 

 


 

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Campaign from Sport England designed to give you the advice and tools to help you do this while the country deals with the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

 https://www.sportengland.org/stayinworkout

 


Siobhan Cosgrave

Herbalist & Natropath

How to boost your immunity

 31.3x6

http://n21online.com/articles//item/boosting-your-immune-system.html

 

Virtual advice from local experts during lockdown

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http://n21online.com/articles//item/wise-words-from-local-experts.html

 

 


 


Is your child struggling with their school work?


After School Learning Centre has devised a range of online supprt programs

details here


Chris Hall, maths tutor has devised a range of online support programs more

details here

 

GoGenius Academy offers group and one to one support in Maths & English

details here

 


 

Working from home but not enough space?

Temporary work space in the Old Bakery

near Winchmore Hill Green

 

 30.3z1

 

more details here 

 


 

 4.5m3

 

Read the May issue

here

 


 

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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

 

 


 

 17.9p1

https://addresspollution.org/

 


 

 

Check out who is building what near you


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2020

more details here


2019 

more details here

  


 

Enfield Council undertakes

Retail 

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and the 'patient' is poorly

a cause for concern?

more details here

 


 

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Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park

SUSPENDED


29.12b8

 

www.parkrun.org.uk/grovelands/

 

Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

more details here



 

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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

 


 

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Are you thinking of starting a business?

 

Are you unemployed?


www.enterpriseenfield.org

 


 

 

pm tweet

 


 

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Enfield Council would like to hear what impact Coronavirus has had on your wellbeing

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CoronavirusExperiences/

Closes 11 June

  


 

Dr Ian Hosein explains

why it is important to understand

the R Rate


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 watch the video


 


Partial Reopening of

Barrowell Green Recycling Centre

 more details here

 


 

Coronavirus-related frauds increase by 400% in March

more details here

 


 

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https://healthwatchenfield.co.uk/

 


 

CORVID-19 ADVICE FROM EXPERT SOURCES

 http://n21online.com/articles//item/corvid-19-advice-from-expert-sources.html


 

 

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Stay at home guidance

 

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Guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing aspects of cornavirus (COVID-19)

 


 

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Download the Children's Commissioner's Guidelines



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https://covid.joinzoe.com/

 


 

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Your NHS needs you! Join the team today

 https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhsvolunteerresponders

 


 

ENFIELD COUNCIL


ADVICE, SUPPORT & VOLUNTEERING

 

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https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-stands-together/

 

Enfield Council and Enfield Voluntary Action have brought together key local partners and organisations so that we have a coordinated effort across our borough to organise volunteers and those who need help.

Can you give a donation?

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/enfield-stands-together?utm_id


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Can you set up a WhatsApp group

for your N21 street?


The Winchmore Residents Association has produced a template letter for people to post through the doors of their neighbours to help them stay connected

Neighbourhood WhatsApp letter

If you need any technical support email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 

 

Pensioner suffers life changing injuries after falling on an orca


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https://www.enfieldindependent.co.uk/news/18140620.barnet-pensioner-injured-fall-enfield-cycle-lane/?ref=eb

 

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https://www.change.org/p/london-borough-of-enfield-tell-enfield-council-to-take-the-orcas-out

 


 

CYCLE LANES INCIDENT REPORTING PAGE

https://letstalk.enfield.gov.uk/report-an-incident

 

 


 


Petition delivered to Downing Street

on the dangers many new road layouts

present for blind, disabled and vulnerable people


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Read the petition



 

 14.10p1

WINCHMORE HILL FOOTBALL CLUB

– 100 YEARS OF FOOTBALL IN N21

read here

 


 

Enfield Council say orcas are safe - really?


 22.5.17

   


 

Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

medical leaders have warned

 

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Ambulance on the wrong side of the road opposite Sainsbury's

read the Telegraph article

here

 


 

Check out pollution levels today

  

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http://www.londonair.org.uk/

 


 

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CHECK OUT WHAT WE CAN RECYCLE HERE

 

 


 

 



 


 

Can you help your local community?

 

n21online is a community portal

for the Winchmore Hill postcode 

 

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 Sunday

 

Read the article reproduced from

the Sunday Times

 


 

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BUSINESSES TRADING


Food & Drink

Broadway Butchers

Broadway Food & Wine

Cup n Beans (fruit & veg)

Deli On The Green

Masons Corner Convenience Store

 Peacheys Butchers

Refill @ The Grange

 Shopoint

 Wades Hill Butchers

 

Delivery/Takeaways

 Agatha

Ambrosia

 Anokhi

Chi Chi

 Coffee Break

Coffee On The Hill 

Doorstep Delicious Bakery

Espresso

 Giovanni

Going Greek

 The Grange Indian Restaurant

Has Kebab

 Honey Pot

Hopper & Bean

The Micro Cheesemonger

La Nostra 

Little Green Dragon

Punto

 Red Bamboo

Samdam

 The Vine Leaf

The Winchmore

 

Non Foods

Atkinsons Chemist (Grange Park)

Atkinsons Chemist (Winchmore Hill Broadway)

Autostore

Cherry Newsagents

Hond & Langer

Hunters Newsagents

Keymakers

Lords

Mortgages & Insurers

Panache

Pounds (delivery only)

Post Office

Riverside Florist

Russdales

Tessa Stephens (delivery)

 

Respect is due to all our local shops, restaurants, beauty salons

and the like who have closed their doors, to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

When all is back to normal, let us not forget our local high street shops, who are there for us in our time of need


 

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How 10,000 meals were cooked in Winchmore Hill Sports Club's kitchen during lockdown

more details here 



URGENT APPEAL


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The North Mid hospital has put out an appeal

for support and donations to ease the burden

on their staff and patients during these difficult times.

 

http://www.northmid.nhs.uk/donate


 


 

 

In memory of Sonya Kaygan (26),

        

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https://www.gofundme.com/f/care-worker-sonya-kaygan-26-loses-covid19-battle

 


 

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click on poster to enlarge

 


 


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CHECK OUT YOUR COLLECTION DATES

     


  

 Winchmore Hill Police

https://www.police.uk/metropolitan/E05000213/

 

Grange Safer Neighbourhood newsletter

May 2020

Winchmore Hill Safer Neighbourhood newsletter

May 2020

 


 

Save The Intimate Theatre

 

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Sign the petition

 

The Intimate Theatre has been added

to the 'Theatre At Risk' register

more details here

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheIntimateTheatre/

 


 

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Bush Hill Park councillors here


Grange councillors here


Winchmore Hill councillors here


https://new.enfield.gov.uk/

 


 

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Southgate Homebound

and Disabled Association

 

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 more details here

 


 

Ruth Winston Community Centre

 

 

 ruthwinstoncentre.com


 

Winchmore Hill Community Care

 

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more details here  


 

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Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

More details here

  


 

The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 READ OUR 2020 NEWSLETTER

 

The Highlands Village Book Group

invites new members

 contact Kate on 07944 756757

 
Winchmore Hill Book Club
 


Grange Park N21
Facebook Group

Grovelands Park
Facebook Group
 
Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
Facebook Group
 
Winchmore Hill Families 
Facebook Group
 


 

The Tree Council produce damning report on the Grange Park embankment replanting

on Wednesday, 18 December 2013. Posted in N21 Community

 

On a cold and foggy December morning, Pauline Buchanan Black, Director General of The Tree Council and Jon Stokes, the charity's Project Director and renowned hedgerow expert, traipsed across the Grange Park embankments, notebooks and cameras at the ready. They were visiting at the behest of Network Rail, following campaigning by local residents; to inspect the site and assess the success of the tree and hedge replanting, undertaken at the end of 2011.

 

A week later, they were back on site, for a two hour debriefing with a group of local residents who have been lobbying Network Rail; accompanied by senior managers from Network Rail, including Dr Neil Strong, Network Rail's own tree specialist, who first presented Network Rail's replanting proposals back in February 2011.

 

Network Rail had originally promised to review the replanting in the Autumn of 2012; it has taken a year of persistent badgering to arrive at this point. Network Rail is a paid up member organisation of the Tree Council, therefore it could be argued that the Council is not a wholly independent arbiter. Nevertheless, it was an open and candid meeting, with Network Rail's Regional Manager Richard Owen, admitting to the devastation which resulted from the "scorched earth policy".


The Tree Council's conclusions were not good; the plant survival rate is below the standards used by leading tree bodies, including the Forestry Commission and the report identifies poor site preparation and maintenance of the site since planting.

 

Here is a summary of the findings


"The concept behind the planting plan appeared well thought through and in the main, executed as shown on the plan, The survival rate for hedge plants surveyed across the site was 88% and for trees, 68%: this is below comparable standards set by DEFRA and the Forestry Commission. The main cause of death appear to be a combination of poor ground preparation; lack of water, light and nutrients because of competition from grass and weeds; and poor planting techniques. To increase the chances of the project meeting its aims, we recommend a rigorous management to improve conditions and restock the dead plants."


The table provides a summary of the replanting, showing the high failure rate among the trees, with 83 of them reported to be dead, largely due to contractor errors and lack of maintenance. What a waste of money.

 

 

 Points arising from the report and the meeting


* The report states that "assessments were made on 1275 hedge plants and 258 trees throughout the site" . However it also reports that "4374 hedge plants and 411 trees were commissioned". The figures confirm what local residents have te always suspected, that the planting was well short of what was originally promised, with less than half the hedging plants actually planted and 150 fewer trees. The report alludes to this, by reference to the planting of two to three rows of hedge row plants, "not the ten or so shown on the plan cross section. The discrepancy will not affect the development of the hedge, but the local residents may have expected a more dense band of planting"

 

* It would seem that the contractors and Network Rail were at fault in not preparing the ground sufficiently, improving the quality of the soil prior to planning and using mulch to conserve water and reduce weeds.

 

  Weed control non existent. If grass growth continues, the death rate will                           Weed choking tubes. This has caused some trees to rot and die.

 increase and the growth rates will decline.

 

 

* A number of trees and whips were planted at the wrong depth and have become water logged.

 

 Holly isn't surviving in the tubes. It is dying back as it is too wet inside.                               Hedge whips planted too deep resulting in the death of plant material.

 Holly needs a mess guard on this site to ensure survival.                                                        Blackthorn particularly suffering - 3 dug up for reference.

 

 

* Many trees were not supported with the correct size of tree tie and "a variety of inappropriate materials have been used to tie the trees to the stake".

 

* Nursery labels should have been removed as these can constrict growth.

 

Excessive weed growth which has not been controlled. No sign of mulch,                        Ties are too low and the stakes have been wrongly specified for the size of tree.

spraying or other ground treatment.                                                                                             They should have been at least 30cm taller, ideally 60cm taller, to ensure tree

                                                                                                                                                                   stability. Rubbing of the stem is evident at top of many stakes due to poor

                                                                                                                                                                   staking technique.

 

* There was evidence of scars on the trunks of some of the trees, where they may have been damaged by a mechanical digger

 

Across the site, tree ties have been broken, because they were inadequate                    Evidence of major scars, suggesting poor planting practice. The damage to a few

for the size of tree. Planters have used a mixture of ties used to secure the                     of the trees is so significant that they should be considered as failures, even if they

hedge guards, which are entirely inappropriate, and some gardening ties which        are currently alive.

again are too small for the size of tree. This has resulted in the trees leaning,

falling and snapping.

 

* Hedgerow growth has been minimal in the past year, largely due to lack of maintenance, in particular weeding around the plants and lack of water.

 


What next?


 The Tree Council team has made a number of recommendations, including the use of herbicides to reduce weed cover around the hedging; improvement of the soil along the Green Dragon Lane boundary, where the soil has been too compacted to allow for healthy plant growth and the replacement of dead trees.

 

A proper schedule of maintenance needs to be drawn up, taking 2013, rather than 2011 as the base year, which must include watering, if this site is to have any chance of recovery in the next decade.

 

 As the planting has not been as dense as outlined in the original plan, it is hoped that further planting will take place, that Network Rail will honour its earlier commitment, especially as the lack of maintenance and poor practices have lengthened the time it will take to restore the site to becoming one again a wildlife corridor.

 

Network Rail has accepted the report and recommendations. Regional Director Richard Owen, who is taking responsibility for all the work proposed between Palmers Green and Enfield Chase stations, (the Grange Park embankment replanting plus the new maintenance work), has given a categorical assurance that only minimal maintenance work is proposed. There will be no removal of mature trees or large shrubs. Contractors will be fully supervised to ensure that these guidelines are adhered to.

 

He also acknowledged that Network Rail has lost the trust of its "line-side neighbours" and this reputational damage needs to be rebuilt.

 

Yes, we have heard this before, but there is more accountability and transparency promised. It will take several years before this former wildlife corridor reverts to nature; the speed at which this happens is down to nature and contingent on Network Rail fulfilling its obligations made in December 2013, not February 2011. Only time will tell.

 

The Tree Council report can be read here.

On a cold and foggy December morning, Pauline Buchanan Black, Director General of The Tree Council and Jon Stokes, the charity's Project Manager and renowned hedgerow expert, traipsed across the Grange Park embankments, notebooks and cameras at the ready. They were visiting at the behest of Network Rail, following campaigning by local residents.

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