‘Cloud Garden’ in honour of Luke Howard
A group of Tottenham residents is aiming to get an area of open land behind 7-10 Bruce Grove protected for nature, for its historical connections and for local people. The vision is to create a managed open space for the whole community.
At 0.9 square km, Bruce Grove is the smallest ward in Haringey. It is also the most densely populated; and is the ward with the lowest percentage of open space in the Borough.
The land behind numbers 7 to 9 Bruce Grove has for a long time been designated as ‘Significant Local Open Land’. It does not have planning permission for development.
Download the Cloud Garden Briefing Note here
If you like the idea of a Cloud Garden -
please add your name to the supporter list here
Deficiency in access to nature
The area to the south of Bruce Grove is an Area of Deficiency of access to nature, according to Haringey’s own planning documents. Providing a site rich in nature would help address that deficiency.
There are lots of mature trees on the site, including an Araucaria or Monkey Puzzle tree, and it is home to many birds, flowers and pollinators. There is lots of scrub. Birds noted on a brief visit by members of Tottenham and Wood Green Friends of the Earth and Bruce Grove Residents Network included Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcaps, Robins, Dunnocks, Blackbirds, Blue and Great Tits. There is also lots of Japanese Knotweed.
A management plan for the site could include planting more native tree and shrub species, perhaps some fruit trees, removing the Knotweed, creating a wildflower area, installing nest boxes and even a wildlife pond.
Download the Bruce Grove Ward Profile - March 2019 here
The photographs on the left show the land proposed for the Cloud Garden, between Bruce Grove Primary School and Bruce Grove.
Cloud Garden site: historical maps
Plans and Maps
Haringey Unitary Development Plan July 2006:
pages relating to the proposed Cloud Garden site